Imparting Spiritual Gifts—Romans 1:11-12
“I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong—that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith” (Romans 1:11-12)
When the body of Christ is operating within our unique and special “giftings,” everyone benefits. God gives spiritual gifts to each of us so that we help build up and encourage each other. Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:7). In other words, we need each other as we all have different gifts, and when brought together, they make the Church stronger.
Spiritual gifts are essential to a functioning body of believers
Paul was anxious to lay his hands on these believers to impart and share gifts in order to continue to strengthen and establish them. He explained in another letter that when the gifts of the Spirit operate within the Church they produce edification, exhortation, encouragement, and comfort. Similarly, when used privately, they edify the believers (1 Cor. 14:3-4).
Many years ago, my pastor laid his hands on me and prophesied that I would write to encourage and bless the Church. At that time, I had no idea what that looked like. Although I had spent a lot of time writing stories and plays while growing up, my efforts seemed a far cry from what he prayed over me. God had gifted me with a passion for writing, but this moment was significant in my journey to becoming a Christian blogger. He called out the gift of both knowledge and teaching and then encouraged me to continue developing my gifts.
I believe Paul’s intention was to lay his hands on these believers and call out their spiritual gifts from the Lord. The result was mutual encouragement. Spiritual gifts are essential to a functioning body of believers. Today, open your heart ask the Lord to reveal to you what your gifts are, and then be willing to share them with others so that we all benefit.
Original article published May 10, 2009.