When we do it for our good it's lame. Do it for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7)

"To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." - 1 Corinthians 12:7

Whatever your view is on gifts, (be it a belief in a modern manifestation of tongues and prophecy etc... or not) remember it is for the common good. That is, those of us who teach, or preach do so for the good of the Kingdom. Not to have famous names and big churches.

The ministry I do is very small. It is large is scope but ends up being small in practice. The larger circle of influence I have is over about 25 people and the smaller is between 5 and 7. The funny thing is how easy it is for me to get caught up in numbers - less for my ministry's sake and more for the sake of my ego.

Quickly I begin to get wrapped up in whether or not my superiors are impressed. Will people want me to continue doing what I'm doing next year? Will they let me stay in a role of leadership? Will they offer me higher roles of leadership? Ones I can turn down and act like I'm too good for?

Why the stink are these thoughts in my head? Why is it so easy for me to forget any gift I have, any strength at all is a GIFT. By it's nature something given. Given to me by God and for the good of His Kingdom. Not my own.

When we build each other up we forcefully take ahold of the Kingdom and advance it. When we are seeking our own good instead of the common good we become - for lack of a better word - lame.

Oh Lord help us to lay down our pride and give back to you the gifts you've given us.