You’ve heard of ‘gifted’ children and you’ve heard of folks who have been given large ‘gifts’ of money. Most of us think everyone else is gifted, but us. Wrong! Every child of God is a ‘gifted child’ and I’m not just referring to the gift of Jesus.
The gifts are mentioned in several places in the New Testament (Rom.12; 1 Cor.12; Eph.4; 1 Peter 4). Some of these gifts were miraculous and temporary and others are still around today. Those around today are permanent and we enjoy them in the church today. Consider 5 principles about these spiritual gifts:
The Principle of Balanced Thinking
The Corinthian brethren had a “pride issue” with their gifts that in turn caused a great deal of turmoil in the church there. Rom.12:3 says we ought not to think more highly of ourselves than we should. We must remember that our spiritual gift(s) is/are from God. Balanced thinking is realizing we have no room to boast.
The Principle of “Universal” Giftedness
Every Christian has a gift. No one is left out. There are no exceptions. No one can say, “I don’t have a gift.” That is a lie; we all have at least one spiritual gift.
The Principle of Diversity that Contributes to Unity
No two Christians are alike. However, this diversity, when handled God’s way, contributes to the unity of the church. It actually makes the church stronger and able to do more for His glory.
The Principle of Interdependence
No individual Christian can say, “I don’t need you” or “I’m not important.” We are in need of each other which means that each of us is important and vital to the welfare of the whole.
The Principle of the Common Good
We are not gifted for our personal good or for a small portion of the body. When we exercise our gifts properly, the whole church is blessed.