“With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” (1Corinthians 12:1 NET)
Paul said to the church in Corinth, “With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” I suspect that if he were writing to us today a similar statement would be in order as well. The fact is most stay totally away from the subject of spiritual gifts because they are confusing and a source of heated and frequently hurtful debate. As a result many people are indeed uninformed when it comes to the subject of spiritual gifts. The book of Revelation is surrounded by a very similar problem, it is hard to comprehend and multiple views only inflame the arguments so we avoid the subject all together. Each time I teach The Absolute Basics of Christianity I am stunned, when we arrive at week seven, by the number of Christians who actually have any real handle on the subject of spiritual gifts. While the four short lessons in this book can hardly be considered an adequate education on the topic, most students learn more about spiritual gifts in those four days than they have in their entire walk with Christ. Simply because the church as a whole is uninformed about spiritual gifts. My goal in this post is not to explain or tackle spiritual gifts but rather to urge you to consider what Paul has to say in 1 Corinthians 12 and other places on the topic. Order a copy of The Absolute Basics of Christianity, or another study to learn more about the subject of gifts. Don’t ignore things you can’t comprehend, and don’t neglect such an important part of your spiritual life simply because it is difficult to understand or makes you uncomfortable. I would only echo the words of Paul and say, “With regard to spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed.” The church is stronger, families are stronger, and the effects of the gospel of Christ are more evident when believers understand and utilize the spiritual gifts that have been given by God to them for the purpose of blessing His church and His kingdom. Take time to become informed if you are not already!