by Dr. J. Vernon McGee

Gifts of the Spirit
Dr. J. Vernon McGee

(This message is also included in the hardback book, Through His Spirit,
Copyright 2003 by Thru the Bible Radio.)
How wonderful it is to know that every believer has a gift from the Holy Spirit. I can't think of anything more thrilling than to know that God has given you and me a gift to function in this world, and that we are to be partners with Jesus Christ in the tremendous enterprise of making Him known!

But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. (1 Corinthians 12:18)

God is the one who sovereignly gives the gifts, and He gives them as it pleases Him. He is the one to be pleased, you see, and these gifts are in the body so that the body can function.
A man in one of my congregations had an unusual gift. He was not an usher, but he would stand in the back of the church, and if there was any kind of disruption or commotion in the service, he would take care of it. He just had a way of handling people. As I told him, he had a rare gift and one that is needed in the church. You may be surprised that something like that is a gift. Of course it is a gift, and so is cooking or sewing.
My friends, the Spirit of God is sovereign in all this. He is the one who determines what is important and what is not important. If God has called you to bake a cake or to sew a dress, then do it. That is a gift. The Holy Spirit wants us to use our gifts and to bring them under the lordship of Jesus Christ.

Gifts Unify

There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)

The Trinity is actually involved in this matter of bringing about the unity. The Holy Spirit is mentioned first: "There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit." The Holy Spirit distributes the gifts. "There are differences of ministries, but the s ...

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