(Part 33 Under the Category, “Connect. Grow. Serve.”)
Fifth, it means that everyone receives the gifts by His will. Paul wrote, “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills” (1 Cor. 12:11, emphasis added). The verb “wills” (boulomai) means “wish, be willing, want, desire.” (Gingrich). The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts to each one as He wishes. He gives gifts as He wants. He apportions gifts as He wills.
There are three ways how we do NOT receive the gifts. One, we do not receive the gifts by our will. Some pastors want people to speak in tongues. But it is not what you want, but what the Spirit wants. Some people want to receive the gift of healing. Yet it is not what you will, but what the Spirit wills.
Two, we do not receive the gifts by our works. Some people think that if you serve God faithfully, you will receive this gift or that gift. However, it is not by your works, but by the Spirit’s will.
Three, we do not receive the gifts by our spiritual walk. Some people think that if you pray hard enough, you will receive the gift you desire. Yet it is not by the way you pray, but by the will of the Spirit. Some people believe that if you worship passionately, you will receive the gifts of the Spirit. Still, it is not by your worship, but by the wish of the Spirit.
The Spirit knows what each church needs. He gives each church every gift that it needs to grow in Christ. Our responsibility is to identify our gifts and use it to build up each other in the body of Christ.
Sixth, it means that each one with a different gift is needed to build the body of Christ. Paul wrote, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:7). No one gift can edify the body of Christ. But different gifts in different people build the body of Christ. Each one of you is important and indispensable in the church. Your spiritual ability is essential in the body of Christ. You are invaluable in the body of Christ.
Therefore, use your spiritual ability to build up the body of Christ.