“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7
The Holy Spirit is very real – very personal. He’s present with followers of Jesus (dwells in us). He’s our Counselor (that’s good, because life can be challenging to navigate at times). He’s our Comforter (because life can just be hard to walk out). AND – He gives us gifts – that are based in the very nature of God – so that as we live in the power of them, we bless and better the community around us. He’s not some impersonal, mystical wisp out there. He’s the very person of God, dwelling in us – and He’s for us. Think about it: He gives to us because we are simply His, then what He gives us makes life really cool for people around us.
The Spirit chooses where to impart gifts as He works to build up the church and reach out to the lost so they may be found. The gift(s) you are given is something God wants to use to continue to fulfill one of Jesus’ key missions on planet earth: to seek and save the lost.
We need to read, pray, listen, be trained, etc., so we can know more about the Holy Spirit and all He has for us. We don’t want to be ignorant or uninformed and we never need to fear anything. Remember – we get gifts from God to benefit others around us. It’s a win all the way around!
Holy Spirit – please show me Who you are, so that I may walk in greater understanding of truth and live my life empowered by You so that others can be blessed. Help me to know the gifts you’ve given to me and live out of them for the sake of others. – In Jesus’ name, Amen.