God Uses People to Care for People
God’s Rich Variety – Part V
Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Key Verses: 1 Corinthians 12:7 NLT and 1 Corinthians 12:11 NLT
A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. … It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Here is a further explanation of spiritual gifts:
This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. (1 Corinthians 12:25-27 NLT)
Let me summarize: If we have Jesus in our hearts, then God has given every single one of us a spiritual gift. God gives these spiritual gifts so we can help each other.
We do not choose what gifts we get, that is God’s job. Because God decides what gift we have, realize that every gift is equally important. When Christ-followers understand that no one gift is more important than another, it makes for harmony among the church members.
Let’s think about this idea of “harmony among the members”.
In terms of harmony in music, it means that the tenor, the alto, and the base singers are all singing musical notes to produce a pleasing effect. If the singers happen to be from the same family, then their harmony is usually the closest harmony possible.
God’s family members have the closest harmony possible in this life. Outsiders should be amazed when they meet God’s family because of their close harmony. Unbelievers should see the unity of believers working together to help each other and unbelievers as well.
If you stay around the church very long, you will see some disharmony among the believers. Sometimes believers do not stay in step with the Spirit of God. The Apostle Paul challenged the Galatian Christ-followers:
Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or provoke one another, or be jealous of one another. (Galatians 5:25-26 NLT)
We must never forget that every person is equally important and that no one is bigger or better in God’s Kingdom. When we forget this, then there is jealousy and conceit, and this destroys our unity.
Pray daily that God’s people are in harmony with each other.
Father, thank You for giving me my spiritual gifts. I want to know them and then use them for Your glory. Help me to be in harmony with my church family. In Jesus’s Name, amen.