Thursday, 11 December 2014
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills. 1 Corinthians 12:11
From verses 5-10, a list of the different workings and gifts of the Spirit were provided. However, and despite this, they all have the same divine Source. Thus Paul states “but” to show that regardless of the gift or ministry, they have a common value because of their common Source. It is noted that “one and the same Spirit works all these things.” Logically, if one boasts in his particular gift over that of another, then they are boasting over what was determined by the Spirit of God; a tenuous position to say the least!
The same is true from the other angle. If a saved person possesses a particular gift and yet they are displeased with that gift, then their unhappiness is implicitly showing disdain for what God apportioned to them. There is nothing wrong with desiring the best gifts (as will be noted by Paul) but there is something wrong with not being satisfied with what one has at the same time. This is because it is the Spirit who is working out these things and “distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
Who can charge God with wrongdoing? It is absurd to even contemplate it. The Spirit knows each person’s abilities and capabilities and makes His distributions according to that superior knowledge.
In this there is an implicit confirmation of the doctrine of the Trinity. The Spirit is described as possessing personal traits that only an individual could possess. Further, the omniscience of the Spirit is noted in the way His workings are depicted. And His sovereignty is also seen in His will to choose the appropriate distribution of gifts. As this is so, the decisions made by the Spirit are decisions in accord with the will of God. Therefore, let us be thankful for our gifts and be pleased to strive for more or better gifts as we develop in Christ.
Life application: Whatever gift you possess, use it well and in a way which brings glory to the Lord. A gift given and yet unused is a wasted gift.
I know Lord that You put me in this time in history and in the place I am specifically for Your purposes. I also know that You have given me certain abilities that can be used for Your glory or that I can squander away. So, help me Lord. Help me to use the time, place, and position I have been granted, and the abilities I possess for Your glory. This is my one chance to do my very best with the life You have given me. Let me use it wisely and in accord with Your will. Amen.