I love to journal in my girl's Legacy Bible. I love writing to her about what God teaches me through the Scriptures. I ordered the Illustrated Faith "Created to Create" kit, and the second devotion was on 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 about gifts.
"The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all."
I meditated on this chapter for 3 days before actually creating this entry into her Bible. After doing some research, I found out that there are over 20 different spiritual gifts; however in 1 Corinthians, only a few are listed. The thing that got to me though was what came after the list of gifts. 1Corinthians 12: 12-31 is about the Body of Christ.
So the question came to me....
What does the section on gifts have to do with the section on the body exactly?
There is a reason Paul wrote these side by side within the same chapter.
What was he really trying to tell the church? What do I want to tell my girl?
It suddenly hit me that the Corinthians were most likely comparing themselves to one another, thinking someone's gift was not worthy of honor, or that their gift was better than someone else's, or thinking they didn't need certain people in the church because their gift wasn't as "special" as another's. The dreaded "Comparison Game."
Sounds familiar huh?
It did to me, anyway.
Paul was trying to remind the Corinthians that the Holy Spirit has gifted each person with a special gift that is beneficial to the body of believers.
The Holy Spirit is given to each of us in a special way. That is for the good of all.
The entire body of believers needs to rely on one another to make a stand for Christ and spread the Gospel. Our gifts are meant to bring great unity to the church... not divide it. To make us stronger where we are weak. And the thing that binds all these gifts is LOVE according to 1 Corinthians 13.
THERE IS NO ROOM FOR COMPARISON! You were created with a special gift- do not think that it is not good, or that it is not as great as someone else's gift. You were created for a purpose and the body of believers NEEDS YOU!
JUST. AS. YOU. ARE.
Please read what I wrote to my girl, because it's written to you too, Believer.
Keep using your gifts, whatever they are. To the glory and benefit of God and others. <3