January 13

1 Corinthians 12:1-6

“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” vs. 1

Paul had written to the Corinthians to address a multitude of problems, but took a couple of chapters to address the issue of spiritual gifts, something that had become hugely divisive in that congregation. Some had begun to flaunt their spirituality, claiming a kind of superiority because they could speak in tongues, what they called a special gift of the Holy Spirit. Paul dismisses their claim and implies that speaking in tongues is nothing special, that even he can do it. He further claims that all the gifts, services, and activities taking place in the congregation in the name of Jesus are Spirit-filled and signs of God’s presence. His observations are right on! Sometimes we despair of ever hearing or seeing God, but all we really have to do is open our eyes and ears. God is all around us and lives within every creature, rock, and tree. That’s what the Holy Spirit is, the present tense of God in our world today, and none of us can say that somehow the Holy Spirit is our exclusive possession. In reality the Spirit possesses us and every loving word and deed we say or do is evidence of the Spirit’s presence. Of course not everything comes from the Spirit–and when our dark side shows, it’s not a pretty sight. Thanks be to God when those moments are brief and our Christ-light can resume center stage!

Thought for the Day: What triggers my dark side?

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