Everyone Doesn’t Have The Same Spiritual Gifts – 1 Corinthians 12

From my reading in 1 Corinthians 12 in the One Year Bible New Testament.

There is a misunderstanding in come Churches that certain spiritual gifts are given to everyone.

For example some believe the gift of tongues is the sign that you really have the Holy Spirit, and if you don’t speak in tongues then you must not really have the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately for people with this view…

Paul clearly tells us that we all don’t have all the gifts.

“Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.” 1 Cor 12:29-31

A healthy church should have a variety of spiritual gifts to help it operate.

That is why we need each other. No one person has been given all the spiritual gifts.

When it comes to the gift of tongues, some churches put pressure on people to speak in tongues as a sign that you have the Holy Spirit. But what if you don’t have the gift of tongues?   I believe it is wrong to judge the spiritual level of a person based on one gift. I also believe that because of this problem some churches have neglected tounges all together. I think this is wrong also.

Your spiritual gifts are to work in tandem with others in order for there to be a healthy body of Christ.

If we all had all the gifts then what would be the point of Paul spending so much time explaining how we are a body with different parts! The different parts are only truly helpful if they serve different functions.

“If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” 1 Cor 12:17-21

We need all the spiritual gifts in order to be healthy! I believe we should celebrate all the spiritual gifts and not pressure anyone to exhibit one gift.

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About David Worcester

I am the founder and director of a campus ministry at San Diego State called Challenge. I am also serving as an ordained elder at Mission Trails Church. I love speaking and writing about college ministry, gospel appointments, and practical ways to live out God’s Word! I am also passionate about: leadership training, learning, missions, church planting, surfing, hiking, sports, photography and traveling (So far I’ve visited 23 countries & all 50 states). I’m married to Jessica Worcester who I fell in love with while doing college ministry together and we have a two year old son named Samuel. I graduated from from the University of Oklahoma (OU) with a degree in Film & Video Studies. And I received my Masters in Theological Studies from Gateway Seminary. I am an ordained minister who loves speaking and writing about practical ways to live out God’s Word in life and ministry.

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