Day 4: Manifestation

1 Corinthians 12:7, 11 NIV
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good… All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

“Having grounded his appeal for diversity in the ‘three-personed God,’ Paul proceeds to articulate how that diversity is worked out in the life of the church… what distinguishes this listing is their concretely visible nature, especially of the last seven. These after all, are not only ‘gifts’; they are above all manifestations of the Spirit’s presence in their midst…” (Fee, 1 Corinthians, NICNT)

The passage’s emphasis on “to each one” gives the notion that everyone is called to participate in exercising and experiencing the Spirit’s gifts. Paul also uses the word “manifestation” synonymously with the word “gift,” which shows us that the Spirit’s gifts must be manifested (expressed) and experienced not only by the individual who is exercising the gift, but also by the whole community for the purpose of the gifts are for the common good.

Prayer: Lord we ask that our churches will experience more of the Spirit’s gifts being actively manifested, as each person grows in you. We ask for greater moments of healing, of receiving your message of wisdom and knowledge, and for moments of breakthrough by the Spirit’s power. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Anointing” by Jesus Culture (click here).