{Guest Post} sick churches are missing their parts; Gifts of the Spirit #1

{There is a younger generation rising up. And with all force of the Holy Spirit they speak boldly. This post is one of those voices crying from the wilderness. To keep from focusing on the writer, this person prefered a new name for the blog. Paz, who is born the first time somewhat reserved; born again as a dedicated temple of an outspoken Holy Spirit. A guest post from Paz.}

For a long time, I did not understand the gifts of the Spirit.   I knew they were mentioned in the Bible, but I had never heard a detailed message about them.  Because the topic of the gifts was never highlighted by any ministers I listened to, I just kind of relegated it to the “minor details” section of Christianity.  There, sure, but not critical to my daily walk.

The Holy Spirit has since corrected me.  He has taught me (and is still teaching me) that His gifts are not only important but essential.  They are not a side issue.  Without the gifts, the Body of Christ (which we are) is not complete.  And where this incompleteness will show up every time is in how the Body operates, in its effectiveness.

The Holy Spirit is our operating power, both personally and corporately.  His “tools” that He gives us, through which His power is expressed, are His gifts.

A church without the operation of the gifts is a church operating without full power – spiritually ineffective.

When writing to the Corinthians the first time, Paul discusses the gifts.  And he discusses the gifts in the context of the corporate Body (in particular, 1 Corinthians 12).  This is the first important thing to remember.  Many things the Holy Spirit provides us with are for our personal walk and relationship with Jesus, but His gifts are given to each one for the Body

Paul put it this way, “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other,” and “The Spirit’s presence is shown in some way in each person for the good of all.”

The real thing, a true gift of the Spirit, is always geared toward benefiting the Body of Christ.  While the person operating in it is often blessed too, the gift is not something that directly benefits them.  It is a service they render to the Body as an instrument, a conveyor, of the  Lord’s power in that area. 

The second thing that is important to remember, is that the gifts are given to each person.  The gifts are for the corporate Body, but given to individual believers.

“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefitsAll kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people!” (v. 7, Today’s English Version).

Paul next provides a list of the different gifts and emphasizes how everyone is given something.  Nobody is just a pew warmer.

There is no part of my body that is just “there” to fill space.  Why is the Lord’s Body any different?

Each of my body parts does the specific job that it was designed to do.  And if the designated part doesn’t do its assigned job, the job doesn’t get done.  If my eyes go blind, can my kidneys or my legs just make up the difference and start seeing?  No!  And again, why would we assume the Lord’s Body is any different?

One reason so many corporate churches are blind, deaf, lame, and suffer a host of other ills is they have sick, squashed, or missing parts.

And this is not the Holy Spirit’s fault.  He is the one responsible for dispensing the gifts and He is faithful.  “It is the the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts.  He alone decides which gift each person should have” (v. 11, NLT).  If gifts are not operating in a corporate body of believers, it is not by the Holy Spirit’s will but by the people’s choices. 

First of all, the Holy Spirit does not give power to unbelievers and sinners, even those who call themselves Christians and attend church.

Second, the gifts of the Holy Spirit work His way, and for His glory.  If you want the gifts you have to be willing to let only Him be in charge, not a man or a committee.

And third,  the church must be willing to allow the operation and manifestation of the gifts.  The Holy Spirit does not override anyone’s will.

But, if you are willing, if you really want to operate in the gifts to further the kingdom of God on this earth, then know that the Holy Spirit desires to give them.  He is eager to express the fullness of the beauty of the Body of Christ.

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About Geneva

The road in my rear view mirror is marked by hard places. My Guide has been faithful. He came into my life and I was branded. Marked. Labeled. Ridiculed. Judged. Stoned. But the road ahead always looks grand and full of light! The furnaces from the past have only caused the fire of His Spirit to burn hotter. The edicts of man have tried many times to make me bend in worship to him, yet I have met the true Flame who delivers me in every furnace!
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