To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith, another gifts of healing, another working of miracles, another prophecy, another discernment, another various kinds of tongues, another interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills 1 Corinthians 12:7-11
The Bible says that the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the benefit of everybody; for the common good. If we want more of the Holy Spirit in our lives, then we need to be prepared to be more about others than we’ve been before.
This is the genius of how God works through the Holy Spirit. When God wants to do a work in Steven’s life, and he wants to give Steven a gift like wisdom that he doesn’t have, or understanding that he doesn’t have, or a word of encouragement or exhortation that he needs, but he doesn’t have, God could just bypass everybody and show up and send Steven a private Facebook message from heaven. That would be one way to give Steven the gifts he needs and desires. But God is so brilliant; God says, “If I want to build Steven up through the Holy Spirit, then I’m going to use Jon,” or “I’m going to use Bill,” or “I’m going to use Rob, and I’m going to give them a gift that I want to be delivered to Steven, so when that process is complete, Steven is encouraged.” But so is Bob or Bill or whoever got to be the delivery boy or delivery girl for the Holy Spirit.
A beautiful benefit to this is that relationship is built, and two people’s faith rise. That’s why I pray, that when you come to church, and maybe you come down for somebody to pray for you, or you go to your life group, or sit around the table at Living Water Discipleship, that you don’t just come and check off boxes on your spiritual scorecard and go on with the day. But I pray you take time to listen for the Spirit, because the Spirit wants to speak to you and through you for the benefit of you and the benefit of others. We need each other, because God uses us to minister to one another. Parents, God wants to speak to you by the Holy Spirit to help you parent your children. Business owners, God wants to speak to you, and give you the Spiritual Gifts to help you be the business owner and leader that will extend God’s kingdom. It doesn’t matter what sphere you operate in – if you listen for the Spirit, he will speak to you.