Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit … To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” vss. 4, 71 Corinthians 12:3-10
We don’t hear much talk of the “common good” in this competitive and acquisitive culture that now dominates our country. Rather than working for the benefit of the community, politicians and influencers alike have become fixated on those things which bring prosperity to their particular parties, especially when their efforts result in personal gain. There probably isn’t much we can do about those who are so practiced in the art of manipulation, but that shouldn’t keep us from using the many gifts of the Spirit in pursuing the common good. Paul even says that the whole reason the Church has been so richly gifted is so that all can be showered with blessings. And make no mistake about it, he’s not just talking about spiritual matters. In his letter to the Romans, he specifically mentions generous giving as one of the Spirit’s gifts. All the spiritual and material gifts that we have received from God, by whatever means, are to be used for the benefit of others. In fact, Paul told the Philippians to look first to the interests of others! Admittedly, this will never fly as a political platform, but there’s nothing to keep faith communities from working for the common good. This is what we’re all about. It started with Jesus, continued with Paul, and is at the core of every Spirit-centered person’s life.
Thought for the Day: What is the common good in our country?