By, Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11
Scripture quote: Ephesians 4:7-11 (NIV) But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people." does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions? He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers.
Doesn't it seem amazing to think that God has given each of His children at least one spiritual gift? That is exactly what He says in His Word. We believers need to know what our spiritual gift is so that we can claim it and refine it and have it at the ready should it be required to serve the body of Christ. We should use our gift to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace.
Since modesty and subservience are prerequisites to service for God, we all must deliberately own and improve our ability to handle our gift with a pure heart in His sight. In proportion to the grace and light that we have received from God, let us exercise our ability to encourage and build others up, reminding them to find grace and light they have also received from our Father, God.
Today’s meditation: Thank God for your gift and use it for His glory.
Memory Verse: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.” Romans 12:6a (NIV)