The Spirit's Gifts
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given
to every man to profit withal.
1 Corinthians 12:7
In our Christian fellowship, we must recognize that the blessed Holy Spirit of God desires to take men and women and control them, and use them as instruments through which He can express Himself in the Body of Christ.
Someone may try to give me credit for something they think I have done for God—but in actuality, God is doing it through His Holy Spirit—and using me as an instrument. There is no real sense in which we are able to do spiritual work of any kind without the Holy Spirit.
We do know that the Apostle Paul said: “If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his” (Romans 8:9). But he also exhorted those early believers not to ignore the Spirit’s gifts and to “covet earnestly the best gifts” (1 Corinthians 12:31). It is still important for us to fulfill the Spirit-given functions and capabilities which are the spiritual birthright of every regenerated believer.
We should not be looking around for some other way. God has given us in His Holy Spirit every gift and power and help that we need to serve Him!
Lord, I pray that I will be a clean vessel, fit for use in Your kingdom work today.