Gifts for the Good of All

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:7

In a world that often celebrates individualism and personal achievement, it’s easy to view our spiritual gifts as a means to personal fulfillment or recognition. However, the apostle Paul presents a starkly different perspective in his first letter to the Corinthians. He reminds us that the gifts of the Spirit are not for our benefit but for the good of the entire church community.

When we come to Christ, we are saved into a relationship with Him and adopted into His family—the body of believers. The Spirit has uniquely gifted each member of this family to contribute to the church’s health, growth, and mission. No gift is too small or insignificant, and no member is more important than another.

Paul emphasizes this point by vividly comparing the church to a human body. Each part of the body has a specific function essential to the well-being of the whole, so each church member has a vital role. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you,” nor can the head say to the feet, “I don’t need you” (1 Corinthians 12:21). Every part is necessary and valuable.

When we understand that our gifts are given for the common good, it changes the way we view and use them. Instead of seeking personal gain or glory, we seek to bless and build up others. We look for ways to use our gifts to meet the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ, to encourage them in their faith, and to spur them on to love and good deeds (Hebrews 10:24).

This mindset also promotes unity within the church. When we recognize that we are all working together towards the same goal – the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom – we are less likely to compare ourselves to others or to compete for recognition. We can celebrate the gifts we see in others, knowing that their success is our success and that we are all part of the same team.

Moreover, when we use our gifts for the common good, we create an environment where everyone can thrive. As each body member is nourished and supported, the whole body matures in Christ. We become a living testament to the power of the gospel to transform lives and communities.

Godseekers, as you reflect on the gifts God has given you, ask yourself how you can use them to benefit others and to build up the church. Seek opportunities to serve, encourage, and share your unique contributions with the body of Christ. Remember that your gifts are not just for your enjoyment or fulfillment but for the strengthening and blessing of your spiritual family.

As we all begin to view and use our gifts through the lens of the common good, we will see the church flourish in unprecedented ways. We will experience the joy and satisfaction that comes from being part of something greater than ourselves, and we will marvel at the beauty and diversity of the body of Christ. Let us always use our gifts to bring glory to the Giver and to bless those He has placed around us.


Gracious God, thank You for the gifts of the Spirit that You have lavished upon Your church. Help us to see these gifts not as a means to personal gain but as a way to bless and build up the body of Christ. Give us hearts that are eager to serve, encourage, and promote the spiritual growth of others. May we use our gifts to bring unity, maturity, and glory to Your name. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Reflection Questions

  1. How have you viewed your spiritual gifts in the past? Have you seen them primarily as a means of personal fulfillment or a way to bless others?
  2. How can you use your gifts to serve and encourage others in your church community?
  3. How can focusing on the common good promote unity and minimize competition within the body of Christ? What steps can you take to foster this mindset in your life and your church?
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