1 Corinthians 12:7-11
Today happens to be the very first Sunday in the brand-new month of June, and this happens to be the month in which it is graduation time; Every kindergarten, junior high, or senior high school student, after learning all of the most valuable lessons that he or she had been taught for four long years, will now walk down the aisle to receive their diplomas, the most wonderfully extravagant result of their hard work.
Of course, each and every one of us has very special gifts in which we use to show off our talents or to help someone in dire need; But what about our spiritual gifts? In case you don’t know, the Holy Spirit gives Christians a spiritual gift, and only the Spirit can give us these very special gifts of the spiritual kind.
Once one has prayed to the Lord God that they have sinned, and that they believe that His only Son, Jesus Christ, carried the burden of all our sins for us by dying on the cross and have risen again, then that person has been repented of their sins, and then “anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17, NLT) And then afterward, the Spirit gives them spiritual gifts.
In the 12th chapter of 1 Corinthians verses 12:7-11(NLT), the apostle Paul explains the reason why we, as Christians, should always have spiritual gifts: “A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another Spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
Yes, my dear friends, you have just heard what Paul had addressed to us-The spiritual gift; However, although there are different kinds of spiritual gifts, “the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, NLT)
God loves you so very much; In fact, He loves you so very much that He wants you to be saved from the bondage of your sins, and with that, He has provided the ultimate spiritual gift, the gift of salvation, the salvation that only comes from His one and only Son and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ; Yes, Jesus Christ was sent by our Heavenly Father to pay the ultimate price for all of us by bearing the weight of our sins on the cross that He has carried for you-by having nailed to the cross and shedding His very own blood, and by dying on the cross. And then, three days after Jesus had been crucified, God showed His love for us by raising His Son from the dead, saving us from eternal damnation, defeating death as He went out of that very cold and very dark tomb, so that every one of us could have eternal life.
“For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in His grace, freely makes us right in His sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when He freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed His life, shedding His blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when He held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past…” (Romans 3:23-25, NLT)
Dear friend, would you like to have this blessed free gift of salvation, won for you by the precious blood of Jesus Christ? Then I heartily ask you to please pray this prayer with me: “Oh, Lord God, Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner. I believe that Your only Son, Christ Jesus, died on the cross for my sins, and that You have raised Him from the dead on the third day, defeating death so that I could very well have life eternal. I strongly ask that You please forgive me of all my sins, and to please allow Your Son to come into my heart, so that I could follow Him always as my personal Savior. Thank You so very much, O Lord, for showing me Your love by sending Your Son to be sacrificed for me. In His most holy & blessed name. Amen.”
If you have just prayed this prayer with me, then I would very much like to welcome YOU into the Family of God! Now, the very next thing that you need to do now that you have given your very own heart to Jesus Christ would be to read the Holy Bible, God’s most blessed Word, each and every day, and then I urge you to go to a good, Christian church each and every Sunday, so that you can praise, worship, and thank the Lord God the He has sent His Son to make the most ultimate sacrifice in order to save you. I very much hope as well as pray that you make this most ultimate decision of giving your very own heart to Jesus Christ, and to follow Him today, for always. Thank you so very much for taking this blessed time to read today; Until next time, may the Lord God bless you richly.
Glory be to the Father, to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.