4 There are different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; 5 and there are different ministries and the same Lord; 6 and there are different activities but the same God who produces all of them in everyone. 7 A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person for the common good. 8 A word of wisdom is given by the Spirit to one person, a word of knowledge to another according to the same Spirit, 9 faith to still another by the same Spirit, gifts of healing to another in the one Spirit, 10 performance of miracles to another, prophecy to another, the ability to tell spirits apart to another, different kinds of tongues[a] to another, and the interpretation of the tongues to another. 11 All these things are produced by the one and same Spirit who gives what he wants to each person. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11, CEB)
There are different spiritual gifts, but the same spirit. I have always believed that we all have a part to play in the cosmic plan of God’s kingdom. But recently have been reading articles and having conversations around the gifts we are given and the callings on our lives.
As Lutherans we believe we are a part of the Priesthood of all believers. And that we all have a calling. And sometimes we know what that calling is and sometimes we don’t and we can get hung up on figuring it out. Like it is the magic bullet that will make our life be what it needs to be.
But here is the thing. We all have gifts, and what if using the gifts we have to make our corner of the world brighter is really the calling we have? Meaning your vocation or calling isn’t something huge that will change the whole world all at once. We are all called and gifted to make our world brighter and more filled with love. Our world, and the 20 or something people we surround our selves with. Not something huge or even remotely impressive. Just normal, every day loving of those around us. For the common good.
Kind of like the butterfly effect. A butterfly flaps it wings in Hong Kong and there is a storm in New York. Ripples that go out and effect the world. Love ripples.
So love those around you and change the world, for the common good.
Love People. Love God.