All the gifts of the Spirit, then, are supernatural, and the illustrations are limitless. The difference between a talent and a gift of the Holy Spirit is found in one’s attitude.
Do I, in recognizing my talents, see a need beyond my own abilities? And, do I then regularly commit these specific abilities to God? If so, in practice I will soon begin to see the distinction.
Like Paul, a believer may have more than one gift. Consequently the believer bears more responsibility.
But all in the church have a minimum of one gift. 1 Peter 4:10 states:
“As each has received a gift…”
Ephesians 4:7 states:
“But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”
I Corinthians 12:7 states:
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”
Every true member of the local church has a minimum of one gift, and most people have many. Since no one has every gift, and everyone has at least one, there exists an interdependence among the members of the church.
Scripture teaches, in I Corinthians 12:22-25, that the less spectacular gifts are more necessary than the showy ones. In other words, the church can go a long time without a miracle. But, let it try to exist without acts of mercy or contributions!
Yet, if any part of me ceases to function, the total me experiences pain or limitations in some way. How disabled the body of Christ has become because our primary purpose for church attendance has been to hear one man or woman exercise his or her gifts, rather than to prepare all the people to develop their gifts for ministry, not only within the church but also to society.
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