Studying spiritual gifts, learning to work with them, and letting them work for the church can open up and expand fruitful ministry. . . . When we understand spiritual gifts and how they can be used to fulfill mission and ministry, we can structure the administrative life of the local church in ways that maximize its ministry effectiveness. Recruiting leaders and participants for ministry teams becomes a clearer task and not one people dread, as it helps those who are being recruited to become better-informed decision-makers when they are facing opportunities to serve in their church or beyond. Persons serving from their gifts can experience greater joy in serving, and that joy spills over into the life of the congregation.
—Christine Harman, For the Common Good: Discovering and Using Your Spiritual Gifts (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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[Paul wrote:] Brothers and sisters, I don’t want you to be ignorant about spiritual gifts. . . . There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; and there are different ministries and the same Lord; and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.
—1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-6 (CEB)
Prayer for the Week
Holy God, help me to discover and use the gifts you have given me to serve you. Guide me to find ways to use my gifts for the common good of others. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
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