Truth 1: Spiritual Gifts are possessed by each believer; therefore, avoid comparisons.

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. (I Peter 4:10, NKJV)

Don’t underestimate the phrase “each one.”  It means precisely that every one of us has received a special gift!  It means that none of us has the right to say, “I can’t do anything.” God has given each of us a gift to be used for His glory. Paul further states that argument in his discussion with the Corinthians:

For in fact the body is not one member but many. If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,’ is it therefore not of the body? And if the ear should say, ‘Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,’ is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased.  And if they were all one member, where would the body be? But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. (I Corinthians 12:12-19, NKJV)

The logical conclusion of this principle is that comparisons are irrelevant in the body of Christ because each one has been given his specific gift or gifts. Comparing your gift or gifts to someone else’s is like comparing apples and oranges. God gave you your gifts to be used by you in ministry. He didn’t give them so that you and I might consider how someone else is more important or less important than we are in the Kingdom. Furthermore, to say that one can’t be used or that one doesn’t have the ability is to downplay the fact that each of us has a spiritual gift that the body of Christ is waiting for us to discover and use!

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One comment on “Truth 1: Spiritual Gifts are possessed by each believer; therefore, avoid comparisons.

  1. This is a great reminder of how unique everyone is created, and being a good steward of who we are and what we have is important.

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