1 Corinthians 12:1-6

Scripture

1 Corinthians 12:1-6

Observation 

  • Paul now wants to address the issue of spiritual gifts so that they will be knowledgeable in this area
  • Before following Jesus they were led to follow idols that could not speak or really lead
  • However, if someone is following Jesus they have the Spirit of God
  • If they have the Spirit of God they would not be led to speak against the Lord Jesus
  • And only someone who has the Holy Spirit can truly follow Jesus as Lord
  • There are many different kinds of gifts from the Holy Spirit but they all are given by the Holy Spirit
  • There are many different kinds of ministries in the church but there is only one Lord who is in charge of it all
  • The results of the different gifts and ministries vary, but God is the one who is the source of any positive results

Application

Before putting our faith in Jesus we were led in many directions, usually by our own desires. When we responded to the good news by choosing to follow Jesus we received the Holy Spirit. He now is the one we follow as He guides us to more and more make Jesus Lord of our lives. Without the Holy Spirit we could not live as God intends, and only by the power of the Holy Spirit can we be transformed into the likeness of Jesus our Lord. The Holy Spirit gives different people different abilities and leads them to different ministries. The issue isn’t which gift you have or which ministry you do, but whether or not you are following the lead of the Holy Spirit within you. It also doesn’t matter what the results are of that ministry because the results are the responsibility of God alone. Your responsibility is to faithfully follow and do what the Holy Spirit leads you to do. The question is, “Are you following the Holy Spirit’s lead or simply asking the Holy Spirit to bless the plan you have for your own life?”

Prayer

God, thank you for taking up residence in my heart and soul. Forgive me for making myself lord of my life. Help me tune into the Holy Spirit within me and follow His lead. I want to better discern Your voice. I want to more and more courageously follow Your lead. I want to experience Your abundant life as I am transformed into the likeness of Jesus. Help me to increasingly say “no” to my old self and desires, and say “yes" to the Holy Spirit. In Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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