Chapter 12 is a great chapter! It helps us understand spiritual gifts and how they work. He reminds us in verse 7:
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
There is so much confusion over the gifts in the church. This leads to many problems. So many Christians are just uneducated as to how they work.
Paul gives us a list of the motivation spiritual gifts (the 7 gifts that Christ-followers are gifted with) in Romans 12:
Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:6-8
There are just seven motivation spiritual gifts – but thousands of ministry gifts. The motivational spiritual gifts are varied and look and function differently. This is for the benefit of the body but you can only imagine how this might cause problems in the church. We don’t do well with things and people different from us. That’s where today’s passage comes in. Paul reminds us that each of us matter to the whole.
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. (v.27)
We can’t all be prophets, can’t all be teachers. We need each other, every hand, and eye, and foot!
- What is your spiritual gift? Have you studied it? Do you understand it?
- How are you regularly using it for God’s glory?
- Pray for your church today, that God will raise up more people to use their gifts to advance the Gospel and grow the church.
By: Tim Parsons