Friday, May 20, 2016

Spirit Gifts: For the Common Good

I Corinthians 12:4-7
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
Giving Spirit,
you are generous
in giving a wide variety
of gifts to us.

All gifts from you.
Great diversity of ability
all from the One Source.

The question is always:
"In what ways, will I use the gifts you give me?"
Is this for MY glory?
or Yours!
Is this so I can make a name for myself?
or point others to the Generous God!
Is all this for MY gain?
or for the common good!

I'll never forget the college president
who challenged us:
"You are among the best and brightest;
in you may lie the cure for cancer,
the solution to global warming,
the next breakthrough to peace.
Don't waste your gift!"

In what ways am I using Your gifts
for the common good?
Or asked another way:
What are some ways, today,
that I am investing
my God given abilities
to bring about "Thy kingdom come;
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven?"

Open my eyes
to see where and in what ways
I can use
what You, Lord,
have given me
to make a positive difference
in the world
for Christ's sake!

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