Today, while studying the Bible on the book of Romans, I came across one of the lists of gifts of the Holy Spirit that the word of God presents to us.
As I pondered that passage, something particular caught my attention from this list that I’d like to share with you today.
But first, to answer the question, what are the gifts of the Holy Spirit according to the Bible?
I will tell you that in the word of God there are three (non-exhaustive) lists where gifts of the Holy Spirit are mentioned.
The lists are found in Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; and 1 Corinthians 12:28.
The spiritual gifts identified in Romans 12 are prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy.
The list in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 includes the word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, miraculous powers, prophecy, discernment of spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpreting tongues.
The list in 1 Corinthians 12:28 includes healing, serving, management, and various kinds of languages.
Today, I would like to share with you a very important idea that came to me when reading the list of Romans 12.
I invite you to read with me this short text.
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
For some of us, our understanding of the subject of the gifts of the Holy Spirit is limited to supernatural or extraordinary things.
Things like speaking languages we didn’t know before, healing the sick, having some kind of vision, or that kind of thing.
Which indeed the Bible mentions as gifts of the Holy Spirit.
However, they are not the only ones.
In the case of the early church, to which Paul wrote in Rome, there seemed to be confusion.
Apparently, there were people who had received spiritual gifts that stood out more.
These people could consider themselves special or better than others.
However, in the face of this, the apostle Paul recommends keeping the right perspective.
He recommends not to make a mistake thinking that they are special and motivates them to stay humble.
Among the community, there were those who, seeing what God was doing through this particular group, considered them in a higher position than others.
There could also be the case of those who, comparing themselves to such cases, didn’t see in themselves an ability that seemed amazing, thus thinking that they had received no gift, and that they had nothing to contribute to God’s work.
I believe that the situations mentioned may well cover most of the cases that we also see today.
Something I found interesting in today’s text is to find out that the Bible not only talks about those kinds of supernatural gifts, but mentions as gifts of the Spirit things that we can consider more “normal.”
In this specific case, the Bible tells us that serving others is a gift from the Holy Spirit.
It’s a gift accessible to all of us, and even though it’s not going to make us be on the news, it is equally valuable.
There is also the gift of teaching others, a gift so beautiful and so useful, in many cases underappreciated.
And what about one of my favorite gifts, that of exhorting or lifting the spirits of others.
Without a doubt a precious gift and one of my favorites.
Also, the gift of helping people in need is mentioned.
A gift to which we all, to the best of our ability, have access.
A very special gift that is also mentioned in this list is the gift of leadership.
A gift that we all even have and that we can exercise on larger or smaller scales in different contexts.
And finally, this Bible text mentions one of my favorite gifts, the gift of mercy.
Seeing the needs of others as if they were our own.
These are all gifts that most believers possess to a greater or lesser degree, but that we may not appreciate to the extent that God appreciates them.
They are equally extraordinary, equally useful, and equally valuable gifts.
We may fall into the error of thinking that by not doing something supernatural, we do not have the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
But in such a case, we are wrong.
The word of God also mentions that:
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10
God’s grace is multiform, and so are the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Perhaps we have paid too much notice to what shines.
We have forgotten that the Christian life things that seem simple are also the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
Therefore, although they may seem simple to us, they are truly extraordinary.
The question I want to ask you is, what goods, what means, what blessings, what things, what capabilities God has given to you?
As normal as they may seem to you, they are a gift from the Holy Spirit that you have already received.
You can use it to help God’s work on earth and bring his kingdom closer to those around you.
I hope these words have been a blessing to your life.
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