Spiritual gifts are from God to equip us to do His work. They are good, and they are needed. But they were never meant to be the main point. And even the good, necessary parts of ministry can distract us from our main mission.

We dug into 1 Corinthians 12 this week with Alonda Tanner, and here are three quick reminders she shared that are important for all of us to remember concerning our spiritual gifts:

Follow the Spirit, not the gift.

Galatians 5:16 encourages us to walk by the Spirit. But it’s a lot easier to follow our gifts. Whether it’s due to pride or comfort, the end result is the same. Chasing the gift makes it much easier to make it about us, and chasing after God keeps us fixed on Him.

Know your strengths but rely on the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 12:9 reminds us that God’s power is made perfect in weakness. So while He will give you strengths and equip you to them for His glory, He also has plans to display His power and grace through your weakness. 

Follow the assignment and expect God to equip you with the gift.

God can both overcome your strengths and your shortcomings. Be obedient where He leads you, and He will give you everything you need to complete His work.

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