We’re All Different

1 Corinthians 12:4-6

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.  There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.

In 1939 the Wizard of Oz debuted.  Viewers who had been subjected to black and white movies were suddenly treated with color.  The movie world was exciting, colorful, and new.

If believers all had the same spiritual gifts it would be like living in a world of black and white.  We would be missing out on a lot.  God made every believer different and if those gifts are not recognized and even celebrated it is like continuing to watch movies in black and white.

Sometimes we have a tendency to look down upon people with gifts that are different from our own.  “They’re not a leader,” or “They don’t teach.”  Paul will go on to show the Corinthian church that all of the gifts are needed in order for the church to function at its best.

Even among believers with similar gifts, there will be differences of opinion.  Two evangelists may disagree on the best methods of reaching out to people.  And in many cases both are right because God has made us all differently.  One person may reach the downtrodden through acts of service while another may reach skeptics through intellectual arguments.  God needs not only people of all kinds of gifts but He needs all kinds of personalities in order to reach the world.

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