We must covet earnestly the best gift
Our pastor asked the congregation recently if we thought (or if we believe) we (individually) have a gift (spiritual). He was urging us to stir up our gift or gifts.
Paul told Timothy in II Timothy 1:6 “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.”
Dakes has a great commentary concerning this scripture. He said to stir up the gift of God that is in you, even to be faithful in afflictions. The gift is referred to as a fire, which, if not frequently stirred up and more fuel added, the fire will go out.
He continues that if neglected and not properly replenished with continued grace and power from the Holy Spirit they will fail and become useless. (Christ our Supreme example prayed constantly, how much more important is it for us to pray?)
There are several listing of spiritual gifts in the New Testament. Romans 12:6-8 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait in our ministering: or he that teacheth on teaching;
Or he that exorteth on exhortion, he that giveth, let him do with simplicity; he that ruleth with diligence; he that showeth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
They are also listed in I Corinthians 12:4-30. Read all of this chapter it tells how all the body parts have different functions but they all work together and all are needed. The foot, the ear, the eye. Just as we need every body part, we need all the different gifts of the spiritual body in order to function properly.
Verse 28, “And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily, prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.”
Nowhere does it say we are limited to one gift. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 12:31 “But covet earnestly the best gifts…”
Did you ever consider in verse 28 it listed the gift of “helps”. What an interesting word.
Read I Corinthians 13:1-13 it explains that all the gifts will vanish away but what will remain is faith, hope and charity- and the greatest of these is charity (love).
The word “helps” caught my attention. Certainly, to sincerely provide “helps”; love is the ruling factor.
There are so many ways to be a help to someone. Many times it is supplying what is needed for someone. There are things that money can’t buy. A friend, a smile, a kind word. There are so many ways we can be of assistance to others. Just being there and being supportive and aware of a trial or sickness someone is going through. Being thoughtful and considerate is a “help” that seems like a foreign language to some.
Paul wrote in I Corinthians 12:25, “That there should be no schism (split) in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.” All gifts are needed and so are “help”.