Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Thoughts for Today:The dictionary defines "manifestation" as: "the act of showing or demonstrating something." Since the beginning of Jesus' instructions, the preaching of the Gospel message was to always be confirmed with signs and wonders (Mark 16:20): "Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it."
It shouldn't come as any great surprise that two of the main functions of the Holy Spirit are to -- testify and demonstrate -- the reality of an unseen God to a lost world. Hebrews 2:3b-4, tells us: "This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him. God also testified to it by signs, wonders and various miracles, and gifts of the Holy Spirit distributed according to his will."
Unfortunately, many people try to preach the Gospel without the manifestation of the Holy Spirit, and then they wonder why the results are so poor. I do not believe the Lord intended His Message to be spoken in word only. That is why it is so important the gifts, service, and workings of the Holy Spirit be made known through our lives. Gifts aren't given to us for our own benefit. Rather, they are distributed so we can bless others, or as Paul writes: "...given for the common good."
Questions to Ponder:Sometimes it is important keep things really simple (like in a children's song). Have you been hiding your gift or letting it shine?
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine.
This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Won't let Satan blow it out. I'm gonna let it shine.
Won't let Satan blow it out. I'm gonna let it shine, let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel - NO! I'm gonna let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel - NO! I'm gonna let it shine, Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.