Lent – Day 28: Saturday, 20 March
1 Corinthians 12:1, 4-6
1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed …
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
We recognise the Holy Spirit as part of the relationship that exists with God the Father and God the Son. The Holy Spirit gives life. He is the third (but not least) person in the relationship that is God. All three persons are the One God. All are fully God. Their relationship – Son obedient to Father (becoming man), Holy Spirit proceeding from Father and Son makes no difference to their divine nature.
Paul the Apostle is aware that the Holy Spirit does not get quite the same coverage in the Old Testament scriptures, and, now that his work in Jesus is now being passed on to the whole Church, Paul wants to be sure that his listeners understand the Holy Spirit’s important work.
The Holy Spirit works in us and in the Church to enable us to be Christ to the world. The Holy Spirit is our Quartermaster. Whatever we need, as individuals and as Church, he will supply as he determines.
More than a few people are apprehensive about the Holy Spirit and his work. If you are one of them then take comfort from Paul’s words – it is the same God at work. Would God want to disrupt his own worship? Would God want to lead his people in a wrong direction? If we stay close to God then we may experience Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is not an optional extra in the Trinity – that would lead to the danger of denying that the Holy Spirit is God, just as Father and Son are God.
How informed would you say you are about the gifts of the Spirit?
Have you ever felt led to exercise something from the list in the reading?
Do you know someone in your fellowship who needs your encouragement to move in the gifting that has come to him/her?
God the Holy Spirit, you are often far from me and my life of service because I have not allowed you to direct me in the way I should go. I ask you to come into my life, and enliven and inspire me as you reveal Christ Jesus to me, and through him Father God. Inspire my worship and equip my mission. In Jesus’ name. Amen