Romans 12:6-8 (NASB)
6 Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7 if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
On day seven of Christmas, we are reminded of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. We cannot boast of any gifts that God has given us—they are all gifts from Him, and we have nothing to do with what gifts we have. However, whatever gift or gifts we have been given, we do need to exercise them. The gifts are of value only when we put them to use. Prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leading, and mercy are all important in the Kingdom of God. Each of us needs to exercise our gift(s) so that working together as one body, we accomplish God’s purpose.
Thank You, Lord, for the gift(s) of the Spirit You have given each of us. Help us to exercise our individual gifts as individual members of Your body so that the entire body works together to accomplish Your will. In Jesus’s name. Amen.
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