I hope none of us have become uninterested in spiritual gifts. This week as I was listening to a presentation on spiritual gifts from 1 Corinthians 12, I became deeply aware of the need and the importance of Spiritual gifts for the church and for each and every one of us. Without the gifts of the Spirit, the church cannot do her task of equipping of the saints, the work of the ministry and edifying of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12). How do you define it? What is the purpose of spiritual gifts? How do you know that you have spiritual gift(s)? All the answers could be found in 1 Corinthians 12. Spiritual gifts are so important to Paul that he wrote three chapters about them not only in 1Corinthians but also in Romans and Ephesians.
During the 1950s and 60s, sincere believers all over the world sought after the deeper work of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Then in the 60s till the 80s the Pentecostal and later the Charismatic movement were born. Today in our 21st century church world, the ministry of the Holy Spirit is waning and may have become idle. It seems that Christians and church goers do not care very much about the Third Person of the Trinity.
I hope that this article will spur you on to read, study and discover afresh the gifts of the Spirit which is our spiritual birthright. What then is spiritual gift? It is the manifestation of the Spirit (1Cor. 12:7) and it is called ‘spirituals’ most probably to highlight the nature of the gifts. The word for gift came from the original root for “grace” (charis). They originate in the Spirit who is the giver of the gifts (1Cor. 12:1, 7, 11). The purpose for their bestowment is for the profit of all (1Cor. 12:7) and for the mutual building up of the body of Christ (Eph. 4:12).
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, take the time to claim your birthright! Listen to our Lord’s reassuring words as he challenged his own to claim God’s promise: “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Lk. 11:13). As our church (Moriah and Sembawang) will be holding our ACM this Sunday, let us ask ourselves this question: what have I done for the Lord Jesus Christ lately? Am I like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, or one mind? Am I serving the Lord “in lowliness of mind esteeming others better than ourselves”? If we are then our church will continue to “stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.” (Phil. 2:4, 1:27).
Rev. Mark Tay