Daily Lenten Devotion Monday, April 7

Monday, April 07, 2014 – Psalm 121; Exodus 4:10-20 (21-26) 27-31; 1 Corinthians 14:1-19 and Mark 9:30-41

1 Corinthians 14:1-19 – 1Pursue love and strive for the spiritual gifts, and especially that you may prophesy.  …… 3On the other hand, those who prophesy speak to other people for their upbuilding and encouragement and consolation.

Last Wednesday, April 2, I focused on the truth that God gives each of us spiritual gifts. Here’s a portion of what I had to say, I’m reposting it as a reminder of this truth to all of us.

To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” To each my friend. That means to you is given gifts of the Spirit.

What I find in my ministry is that we are really good at seeing the gifts given unto others but we are blind to the gifts given unto us.

May your prayer be today that God remove your blinders and help you see the gifts given you, manifestations of the Spirit given for the common good.

It may help to hear this passage from The Message and particularly the list of gifts given.

4-11 God’s various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God’s Spirit. God’s various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:

wise counsel
clear understanding
simple trust
healing the sick
miraculous acts
proclamation
distinguishing between spirits
tongues
interpretation of tongues.

All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when.

Today, we hear Paul focusing upon the importance of prophecy compared to speaking in tongues. That’s not an issue for many of us, but what is an issue for many of us is acknowledging that God has given each of us spiritual gifts – not for our own benefit but for the benefit of His Body, the church.

What stood out to me in today’s reading is how the gift of prophecy is given for the upbuilding and encouragement and consolation of others. For me this isn’t only true for the gift of prophecy but for each and every spiritual gifts. God gives us gifts not for our own benefit but so others can be built up, encouraged and consoled.

The gifts God has given unto you have been given that different members of Christ’s body might be built up, encouraged and consoled.

Today, give thanks for the gifts God has given unto you and ask God to guide you and use of them so that his Body might be built up.

O God, reveal to me once again the gifts you have given unto me. Given that others might be built up, encouraged and consoled. May I not hide my gifts, keep them unto myself but seek to have you use me in the ministry and mission of Your Holy Church. Amen.

Psalm 121 – 1  I lift up my eyes to the hills —
from where will my help come?
2   My help comes from the LORD,
who made heaven and earth.

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