1 Corinthians 12 Lesson

Using Our Spiritual Gifts

USING OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS

Each of us has been blessed by God with a unique set of spiritual gifts. Some of us are good listeners, others are great at math; still, others are gifted teachers, or great at cooking. Whatever spiritual gifts we have been blessed with, God wants us to use them to glorify Him and to serve one another.

In 1 Corinthians Chapter 12, Paul is speaking to those in Corinth about the unique spiritual gifts that they have, with a particular focus on wisdom, knowledge, and faith.

WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE, AND FAITH

As Paul lays out examples of spiritual gifts, he highlights:

  1. Wisdom,
  2. Knowledge,
  3. Faith.

We will look at these one at a time today, but before we do, we will look at four steps that everyone can take to get started putting their gifts to work for the Lord.

PUTTING OUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS TO WORK FOR THE LORD

  1. Think about, and acknowledge, the spiritual gifts that God has blessed us with,
  2. Acknowledge that all gifts come from God. The book of James tells us, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17,
  3. Give thanks.   There are many scriptures that talk about the importance of giving thanks to the Lord, including: “Whatever you do in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.” - Colossians 3:17. “In everything give thanks;for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18. “Always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to our God and Father” - Ephesians 5:20.
  4. Put our gifts to work!  Whatever talents and abilities God has blessed us with, they should be used to glorify God and to serve one another.

Now that we have covered these four steps, we will look at the three spiritual gifts that Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 12, wisdom, knowledge, and faith.

WISDOM

Wisdom is the one thing the Bible says we can have as much of it as we want, with a couple of important qualifiers.   The Bible talks about this in the Book of James:

  • But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.   But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind.   For that person ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” – James 1:5-8.  

Wisdom is something we can have as much of as we want IF we obey the scripture above and ask in faith without any doubting. This means that we all have a wonderful opportunity to pray for wisdom and then put that wisdom to work for the Lord!

KNOWLEDGE

Paul is talking about spiritual knowledge here. Consider the following three Proverbs about knowledge:

  1. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge.” – Proverbs 1:7,
  2. The ear of the wise seeks knowledge.” – Proverbs 18:15,
  3. Knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.” – Proverbs 2:10.

Applying our knowledge to help others is a fantastic way to use our spiritual gifts to glorify God and to serve others.   The more we seek and acquire spiritual knowledge by reading the Bible, the greater our influence can be.

FAITH

The Apostle Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans:

  • “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God.” - Romans 10:17.

This scripture tells us that the way to increase our faith is through the continuous study of God’s word. The more we read the Bible, the more we will grow our faith.   

CONCLUSION

The Bible teaches us that each of us has been blessed with our own set of spiritual gifts. In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he mentions three such gifts:

  1. Wisdom,
  2. Knowledge,
  3. Faith.

Whatever gifts we have been blessed with, we are to put them to work to glorify God and to serve one another. In today’s lesson, we identified the following four steps to help us put our gifts to work for the Lord:

  1. Think about, and acknowledge, the spiritual gifts that God has blessed us with,
  2. Acknowledge that all gifts come from God,
  3. Give thanks,
  4. Put our gifts to work!  

We will conclude today’s study with the following scripture:

  • “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.” - Revelation 4:11.

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Ime John

I really thank God for this great teaching, I plan to gather few people in my village who does not speak English, to teach them in their language so that they may understand and be bless too. Thanks

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What gifts has God blessed you with?

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Pat Dermody

All of us have gifts we can share. Overtime I think we share these gifts differently. When I was younger I taught Sunday school and enjoyed seeing the children’s faces light up as they heard Bible stories for the first time. Now that I am older I find it very rewarding to deliver pastoral care to those who are in nursing homes or homebound. Their faces also light up as they have an opportunity to talk about God when they can no longer get to church. God’s work is always rewarding.

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Ime John

I really thank God for this great teaching, I plan to gather few people in my village who does not speak English, to teach them in their language so that they may understand and be bless too. Thanks

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Dan
Ime John

We all have some talent we can use to please God. We need to be open to God’s guidance on how / when to use them.

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