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Empower like the Spirit

All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  1 Corinthians 12:11–12 NIV

empower like the spiritI once had the opportunity to lead a Bible study for college students at my church.

I spent the summer teaching the truths of Scripture and my students how to apply it. During this time, the Holy Spirit revealed one of my supernatural giftings to me: teaching. When I first realized this, I was shocked and amazed. I could see how the Spirit had enabled me to teach the Word to build up the body of Christ. The more I have prayed and used this gift, the more the Spirit has given me opportunities to exercise my gift to impact others.

The Holy Spirit has given all believers gifts to build up the body of Christ. There are many different gifts, but all come together to form one body. Just as a body has many different parts that all serve one purpose, so does the body of Christ with the gifts of the Spirit.

Even if we don’t know our gift, the Spirit still has a purpose for us. We can learn our gifts through studying the different gifts, praying, fasting, and examining our lives to see if what we have been doing for the body of Christ aligns with any gifts. Just as we have been empowered and enabled by the Spirit of God, we should empower others by building them up through exercising our gift.

If our gift is teaching, we can empower others by teaching the truths revealed in Scripture. The Spirit still empowers us even if we don’t know our gifts. We can look for opportunities to build up our communities through evangelism, service, and generosity.

Ask the Spirit how He can use you in the body of Christ. Study the Bible to grasp better how building up the body looks. Talk to a spiritual leader about spiritual gifts. Actively seek out what you can do to build up and empower individuals in your community intentionally. Pray for ways or opportunities to use your gift in the body of Christ.

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Hunter Whittle

Hunter Whittle is a writer.