Session 25

You were made for this

From 1 Corinthians: A 35-Day Devotional

God gives us the gifts of the Spirit to fulfill the purpose of the church — reaching people far from God and teaching them how to follow Jesus step by step. Paul tells us: “All [the gifts] are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines” (1 Corinthians 12:11). 

The gifts of the Spirit are beyond our natural physical and intellectual abilities; they are supernatural. They are Jesus working in us. He uses the natural (us) to bring out the supernatural (Him). This happens through our faith in Him and our willingness to share the grace we have been given with others.

A common question is: “How do I know my gift, and how do I use it?” This boils down to finding how God has equipped you to share the grace of Jesus.

Here are three ways to discover your spiritual gifts:

  1. Ask God. He created us, knows us best, and gave us our spiritual gifts, so He is the best one to show us what they are.
  2. Change your thinking from “What is my gift?” to “How can I give?”
  3. Start serving at church, home, work, and the community. As we begin to serve with the giving mindset of God and the desire to share His grace, we create opportunities for God to reveal our gifts to us.

Whatever your gift, it is heavenly designed just for you. Using your gift is how Jesus’ light shines through you into this dark world.

Reflection:

  • What is one way you can give in order to find out your gift?
  • What is one way you can step out in faith and begin serving those around you?
  • If you know your spiritual gift, what is one way you can use it to reveal God’s grace?

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Devotionals From This Study

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Session 1

Do we all have spiritual gifts?

If we’re willing to admit it, most of us who follow Jesus have wondered if we have a spiritual gift. Just like any other type of compari...

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Session 2

What it means to be united

Let’s be honest: the Church isn’t exactly famous for its unity. We quarrel over worship styles, specific preachers, and which Bible trans...

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Session 3

The one time boasting is OK

When we think of who we were before Jesus, can’t help boasting about what He has done. Jesus rescued us. He took us out of the muck and m...

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Session 4

Is it OK to question God?

These days, everyone is preaching something. For some, the perfect meal is a hamburger and fries. Others will give you a 10-point dissert...

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Session 5

What happens when the church comes together

Ever found yourself on the receiving end of one of these comments: “You saw 13 people get baptized last weekend! That’s great. Did I tel...

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Session 6

The church is bigger than a building

God is in the building business. He’s not so concerned about specific architecture styles or floor plans, but about constructing great th...

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Session 7

What your silent judgment says about you

There are many examples in our daily lives of ways we judge others. Maybe we have a conviction against alcohol, but we look down on other...

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Session 8

Do you do what you say you believe?

Growing up, it was common to hear kids say, “If you are going to talk the talk, you better be able to walk the walk.” On the playground,...

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Session 9

What happens when sin goes unaddressed

God created the church to serve as light to the world. The church should be a place where love is abundant, God’s truth is displayed, and...

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Session 10

How to know when popular opinion is wrong

On TV, opinion-givers comment on other opinion-givers and call it news. Often, information’s value is determined by its effect on ratings...

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Session 11

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul says we are not our own. We were bought at a price. Having received our bodies as a gift from God, we are ...

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Session 12

God cares about your sex life

Watch any sitcom featuring a married couple talking about sex, and you will hear of husbands wanting sex, but not getting it, or wives wi...

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Session 13

God, please save my spouse

Differing beliefs can create tension in a marriage. For example, you might believe Clemson is the better university, while your spouse bl...

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Session 14

Change how you see instead of what you see

In a world full of Photoshop and instant gratification, it’s easy to buy the lie that if we don’t like something, we can and should chang...

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Session 15

Don’t tie the knot until

When we’re single, we think marriage will fix our problems. But could it just be the idea of marriage we love? Dreaming together is easy....

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Session 16

Why can’t I do what I want?

When we discuss hot button issues today, “food sacrificed to idols” is not at the top of our list. But in the early church in Corinth, wh...

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Session 17

Why give time and money to the church?

It’s easy to hide in a big church. When hiding we may not fully appreciate the consequences of failing to fulfill our commitment to serve...

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Session 18

Do I have anything to offer?

Each of us has a unique ability. For instance, some are blessed with the ability to write. And within the field of writing, a special “so...

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Session 19

Are you training to win?

You read your Bible, attend church, tithe, serve, pray and passionately love Jesus. You do all the right things and you’re living the Chr...

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Session 20

Where to turn when life is more than you can bear

Ever heard the saying "God won’t put more on you than you can handle"? If you’ve been in a situation where someone told you this, you kno...

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Session 21

What are you going to chase today?

When we get married, we say yes to fully giving our lives to our spouses. There is no going back to our old life. We can’t have one foot ...

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Session 22

The greatest responsiblity we have as Christians

Life changes when we receive Jesus as our Savior. When we surrender our lives to Jesus, we receive forgiveness, eternal life, and freedom...

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Session 23

Why submit to my husband?

Paul instructs the church at Corinth on what’s proper in a worship service, specific to their culture — i.e. women wearing a head coverin...

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Session 24

Why searching your heart is a helpful practice for every day

If your smartphone’s autocorrect changes "I love you" into "I loathe you," it might lead to a rough evening for you and your significant ...

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Session 25

You were made for this

God gives us the gifts of the Spirit to fulfill the purpose of the church — reaching people far from God and teaching them how to follow ...

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Session 26

Does church even need me?

Every Sunday, you have a choice. You can go to church, or you can take advantage of the last day of the weekend by sleeping in and relaxi...

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Session 27

Are you serving with the right motivation?

Walking into NewSpring, you are greeted by several people. Entering the auditorium, you receive a pen and notes, then are helped to a sea...

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Session 28

How to go from good to better to best

Seek the gifts that build up the church. That was Paul’s answer to believers who wanted to see the Holy Spirit in their lives. Praying in...

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Session 29

Does structure limit the Holy Spirit?

When we wake up in the mornings, we do certain things to start our day.  When we go to sleep at night, we have another routine to help us...

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Session 30

Are you going through the motions?

It’s easy to live life just going through the motions. We have all experienced moments when we drive to the grocery store, pick the kids ...

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Session 31

Why does an empty tomb matter?

Miracles can be one of the difficult parts of Scripture to believe. The supernatural is rare, at times confusing, and by our understandin...

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Session 32

You are who you hang around

“You are known by the company you keep.” How many times have we heard that old saying? As a teenager, that might have sounded silly, but...

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Session 33

How to embrace the unknown

We hate the unknown. Everyone has to live with it, and we all have different ways of handling it. Most of us would not hand a car salesm...

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Session 34

You don’t need to fear death

What would you do for Jesus if you knew you couldn’t fail? Would you travel somewhere dangerous to spread the Gospel? Start that ministr...

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Session 35

How can I make a difference in the world?

Occasionally, in the midst of all the media’s doom and gloom, we hear a heartwarming story about radical love and generosity that touches...

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