Spiritual gifts

It seems to me that sometimes Lutherans have left conversations about spiritual gifts to our more charismatic Christian siblings, but in doing so, I fear we may have lost something. The gifts of the Spirit that Paul lists in his letter to the Corinthians are quite varied and wide-ranging: wisdom, knowledge, miracles, healing, prophecy, discernment, tongues and interpretation of tongues. And Paul says that each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. Each! That means we all have spiritual gifts! What is your gift?

If you struggle with knowing what your gift is, the second part of the verse can help. Paul explains that gifts are given for the common good. In what ways do you serve? Do you pray well? Are you a leader? Are you a willing and joyful worker? Do people seek you out for advice? The ways in which you bless your community are clues to your gifts. Your spiritual gift may not be obvious to you, but there is no doubt that you are gifted. Since you have been blessed, see if you can use your gift today, that you may be a blessing.

Spirit of Life, open my eyes to the gifts you have given me, that I may use them for the common good. Amen. — JM

Contributed by Joanna Miller

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