1 Corinthians 12. Forum Discussion

Using our spiritual gifts to glorify God

Paul does a beautiful job describing how we all have been blessed with our unique set of spiritual gifts.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul lists a few of these gifts including:

  • Wisdom
  • Knowledge
  • Faith
  • And the ability to heal.

These examples only scratch the surface of the list of spiritual gifts that make up the body of believers.

The first question to ask ourselves is, “What spiritual gifts has God blessed me with?”

The second question is, “How can I use my spiritual gifts to glorify God?”

Maybe you are a good listener and can reach out to somebody that needs someone to talk to?

Maybe you are a great cook and can surprise somebody with their favorite meal or dessert?

Whatever our gifts are, God expects us to put them to work. As it says in James 2:17, “Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being alone.”

Those that effectively use the gifts they have been blessed with will receive more gifts, and those that do not use the gifts they have will eventually have those gifts taken away from them. To illustrate this point, we will look at the following parable found in Mathew 25:14-30. Jesus says:

 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.  To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.  So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.  But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.  For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

As you can see from this parable, God finds favor in those that use their talents and punishes those that do not. If we want to receive more spiritual gifts, we need to first show God that we are good stewards of the gifts we already possess. When we do that, we can look forward to someday hearing, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

Thank you for joining us today. Please join us again tomorrow as we look at 1 Corinthians 13 and the greatest gift of all, love. May God’s blessings be upon you until then. Amen


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

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.