Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. 1 Corinthians 12:7 The Message
The Holy Spirit has given us specific gifts to continue the work Jesus began. Although the gifts are diverse, “it is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have”(1 Corinthians 12:11 NLT).
Carefully read Romans 12:3-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11: how would you describe these gifts (their purpose and function)? Do you see the evidence of these gifts in your life? If so, which one(s)? Now carefully read 1 Corinthians 12:12-26 and Romans 12:3-5. What is the Spirit showing you about how important your gift is? What will happen to the Body of Christ if you neglect using your gift?
Your purpose is an outflow of your value. Don’t ever doubt how valuable you are to God. As we lose sight of our purpose and value in Him, we neglect the amazing gifts that He has placed on our lives.
Adapted from The Holy Spirit: An Introduction (Messenger International, 2013).