Thursday, August 15, 2013

Not Judging People Who Have Gifts I Don't Understand...

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal: For to one is given by the Spirit the Word of wisdom; to another Word of knowledge by the same Spirit.  To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:  But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will.  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.  For by One Spirit are we all baptized into One Body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into One Spirit.  For the Body is not one member, but many.  1 Corinthians, Chapter 12, verses 4-14.

God wants us to know that He gives everyone particular talents in which to glorify Him.  He doesn’t want us to become big headed thinking we are better than someone who doesn’t have our particular talent.  God tells us that we are all working together as one unit on His behalf.  Similarly, there are many different body parts that work together for the good of the whole, just as each member of the body has a different function.  No particular body member is greater than another.
This particular passage talks about speaking in tongues as being one of the gifts.  I don’t really know enough about this to really address it.  What I do know is this passage tells me that although God may have given me particular talents to glorify Him, I should not be judging people who have talents that I don’t understand.  Just because their talents are different, doesn’t make them wrong.  Christians should be supportive of one another, regardless.

Because this is an example of how I’ve applied this Bible passage to my life, it doesn’t necessarily reflect the whole meaning of the passage.


This is a connection I've made from this Bible passage. Please share your connections. 

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