The Same Spirit and Lord

From “A Wealth of Pigeons — A Cartoon Collection” by Harry Bliss and Steve Martin

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.  (1 Corinthians 12:4–11, NIV 1984). 

My Musings –  We envy the giftedness of some and look down on the giftedness of others.  Some we encourage, some we discourage.  Often we neglect our own giftedness.  The fact is, the gifts of others that we envy or look down on, and our own gifts that we may be neglecting “are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.”  Don’t you think He knows what He is doing?

My Advice – We should encourage others and pay more attention to how faithfully we are using our giftedness “for the common good.”  We should be free to both give and receive constructive criticism on how these gifts are being used and developed.  For while we may have differing gifts, we serve “the same Lord.”