“Now there are varieties of gifts; but the same Spirit and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NRSV)
A method I learned as African Bible Study involves reading a passage three times, preferably aloud, and pondering three questions. Originally designed for small-group discussion, its variations go by several names. I find the method also enriches a personal meditation.
The opening question asks for the word or short phrase that speaks to me.
Activates jumped out the first time I went through today’s passage.
After the second reading I consider why that word is important. The study becomes especially eye opening when my choice has multiple meanings. Today I tried energizes, fuels, and excites to expand the opportunities and ramifications of activates.
The third reading puts the spotlight on what I am going to do about my insights. I am struck by the inherent power of God at work and available to everyone in so many different gifts and services. We not only can’t do them alone, we are not expected to do so. What surprised me was a budding enthusiasm that replaced my wariness about spiritual gifts in general. I have some exploring to do!
Dear Lord, please activate the gifts of the Spirit in us so that we can better serve you and our neighbors. Amen
Which of my spiritual gifts most needs your activation?
Written by Nancy Alice Morton