Jan 25, 2012

USE THE GIFT FOR THE COMMON GOOD


            A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other (1 Corinthians 12:7) (NLT).
            We all know that there should be the anointing of the Holy Spirit in our life. Because this Holy Spirit will give us gifts and it works in us for the Kingdom of God. After resurrection of Jesus from the death, He appeared to His disciples, He breathed unto them and said “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). For Jesus knows the importance of the Holy Spirit in our life. Before ascending into the heaven, Jesus said we will be filled with the power when we are filled with the Holy Spirit (Acts 1:8). This power filled servant will do many things for God in His name (Mark 16:17). This is what Jesus called "The Power of the Holy Spirit". After Jesus ascended into the heaven all the disciples were filled with the Holy Spirit when they are in the upper room conference (Acts 2:4). And they started doing all the above things with the power of the Spirit. Apostle Paul says, when we are filled with this Holy Spirit, it is for common good, but not for our selfish activities.
            Apostle Paul gives right information about the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of gifts by the same Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:4, 8-10), there is a fruit that we bear when we are filled with the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). But we should remember that we should use all these gifts for the edification of the Church that means for the common good of all. When we see, John, the Baptist testified about Jesus that the Spirit came and remained on Jesus (John 1:33). But Jesus in all the days of His life on this earth, He never used the gifts of the Holy Spirit for His personal use. When the enemy tempted Him and said to change the rocks into the bread (Matthew 4:3-4), He didn’t do it, it is not that He couldn't do it, He could do it for He is Supernatural, but He didn’t use the power of Holy Spirit for His personal use. Though He is the Son of God, He could have call the army from the heavens to save Himself from the army of the worldly kings that has come to seize Him, but he didn’t do it, for He wants the will of God should get completed in His life (Matthew 26:53). But He didn’t use the power of the Holy Spirit for His personal use even at the time of His death. He could draw the water from the well by the power, but He did not do it, and asked the woman for the water so that she could trust in Him (John 4:10-14).
            Jesus was a right example for our life, when we are anointed we should not use these gifts of the Holy Spirit for our personal use. They are for common good of the Church. Apostle Paul says we should desire the greater gift eagerly (1 Corinthians 12:31), at another place Paul says we should seek Prophesying (1 Corinthians 14:39), for it edifies the Church (1 Corinthians 14:4). Let us all come to God with trust that He will anoint us when we ask Him to anoint us with the Holy Spirit, but it is good for us to know that the gifts of the Holy Spirit are for the edification of the Church, but not for our personal use. Seeking the gifts of the Holy Spirit with selfish motives is nothing but a sin (Acts 8:18-23).
            GOD BLESS YOU
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