Common Good

Do you have the gift of learning things quickly? Do you have the gift of applying them to your daily life or a specific situation? Are you putting your gifts to good use? Are you using your gifts to serve God?

We are all blessed with gifts. Gifts of knowledge and learning are wonderful gifts. The ability to learn things quickly, gaining knowledge can give us a leg up in life. That leg up comes when we understand how we can apply the knowledge to our lives, which is wisdom.

But using those gifts for our own benefit is not what God intended. His intention is that we use them for the common good. Common good. That is an interesting phrase. What is the common good? Opposed to what we may think, it does not mean the good of all. It means for the good of the common person, life, experience. Not the one offs. Not the extravagant. But the everyday person who works to provide for their family, the everyday job situation, the everyday dealing with kids, the everyday struggle to prepare meals.

We are to use our knowledge and wisdom to help others. Helping others improve their lives, their ability to live the abundant life, to show them Jesus is the reason we were given these gifts. God desires we put his gifts to use to carry out his plan, which is to tell others about Jesus and enlarge his kingdom.

I pray we all put our knowledge and wisdom to good use. I pray we use our gifts to carry God’s plan. I pray each one of us will grow in the knowledge of Jesus and in God’s wisdom. Know your gifts. Grow in knowledge. Grow in wisdom. Seek to use your gifts for the common good.

1 Corinthians 12:7-8 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit

Published by martypressey

Marty is a Pastor, retired Marine and dedicated Christian who has taught adult Bible classes and preached for 20 years. He currently serves as pastor of 3 United Methodist Churches. He believes being well-grounded in the Scriptures is key to living a better life. He brings a layman’s viewpoint to all his classes and sermons, helping others understand how to apply Scripture to their daily lives. When he sees others understand the message of a particular passage, it brings him great joy. He has seen his faith increase exponentially over the years; fully believing God has a plan and is executing it. He feels blessed to be part of that plan.

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