sovereign grace

May 2016 (2)

1 Corinthians 12:7-9

1Co 12:7 But to each recipient the Holy Spirit reveals himself through the most profitable gifts.
1Co 12:8 For example, the Spirit gives one recipient a wise word, but to another recipient, the same Spirit gives a word exposing some mystery,
1Co 12:9 the same Spirit gives faith to someone else, but the one Spirit gives healing gifts to another.

sovereign grace

The Holy Spirit is sovereign over all the gifts he distributes among the body of Christ. I think most of us have more gifts than we choose to utilise, but that is not the fault of the giver. He knows which gifts will be the most appropriate for each occasion, and which are the most useful for each ministry.

Awareness of this fact can be very liberating. If someone (or some church) demands that I take on a certain task which I know is definitely outside my gift range, I am free to decline. He decides what position I play on the team, and I am ok with that.

LORD, we surrender to your sovereign grace in our lives and in our ministries.

About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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