Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.
The body of Christ is very diverse. Each member is important, each member has a different role to play. The common denominator in the whole mix is the supernatural nature of the body of Christ. The Lord distributes His gifts as He wills, to display His glory and to fulfill His purposes. Zodhiates’ word book brings out some of the meaning of these “activities” of the Spirit. The gifts are not only different in each of us, they are also active.
energēma; an effect: – operation, working. In the NT used only in 1 Corinthians 12:6; the results of the energy of God in the believer, but actually it is the results energized by God’s grace.
The gifts of the Spirit are the manifestation of the life of God in us and through us. These gifts were displayed in the life of Jesus after His baptism in the Jordan River. He was said to move in the power of the Spirit from that day on. That is another way of saying that the gifts of the Spirit were being activated.
In the same way the spiritual gifts can be activated in your life today. The gifts are part of the normal Christian experience and flow out of the intimate life the Lord is calling each of us to enjoy. How can these gifts be activated in our lives today? It is really quite simple. As we see in Paul’s teaching in
1Corinthians, the gifts are associated with the life that flows through the local church. Your relationship to the church is critical.
Three things are important, first, we need to be connected to a church that welcomes and embraces the spiritual gifts. Secondly, we need to be constantly filled with the Holy Spirit. The gifts can be seen as the overflow of our relationship with the Lord. Only when our cup is full will the gifts begin to manifest in our lives. Finally, put yourself in a position for the gifts to be released. What do I mean by that? Reach out to hurting people, that is what Jesus did and that is the place you will find the gifts of the Spirit being activated.