1 Corinthians 12

What part does God want you to play?

1 Corinthians 12

The good news is that we all have a key part to play in God’s Kingdom; the bad news is that everyone has a different part to play so if we don’t play our part it will affect the whole Kingdom; the good news is that God equips us with all the particular gifts we need to play our part fully.

Today’s reading tells us that not only has God given us skills and talents but he also has some very special ‘spiritual gifts’ which he gives us, as and when we need them, to play our part and serve others. For example, he will give some of us:

  • wisdom – a deep and clear understanding of how to respond to situations
  • knowledge – facts and information that we haven’t yet learnt
  • healing – the ability to make sick people well
  • miracles – the power to make impossible things happen

Wow! – awesome! – see the reading for many more!

Of course, God doesn’t give us any of these gifts to make us look good or so that we can impress our friends. He gives them to us so that we can fulfil the particular part he wants us to play in growing his Kingdom.

Paul explains that we, as Christians in God’s Kingdom, are like different parts of a whole body. A fully functioning body needs two ears, one nose, one mouth, two arms, two legs and so on. Each part is as important and indeed vital as any other. No part can take on the role of another – a leg can’t function as an eye! If a part is missing the whole body suffers. Each part is effectively dependent on every other part. Some parts are visible to all, some are hidden but all are equally valuable. All parts should work together smoothly and parts should look after each other. What a wonderful way of thinking about our part in God’s Kingdom. We shouldn’t be trying to do things that are not ours to do and for which God has not equipped us.

Dear Lord, thank you that we are a part of your body, the body of Christ, your Kingdom. Help us to use the gifts you have given us to fulfil our particular, special part in this wonderful body.


Look to God in thought and prayer to recognise what part He wants you to play in His Kingdom and what spiritual gifts He has given you to achieve this.


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