Pastor Dr. Thaddaeus Thompson
SPIRITUAL GIFT vs NATURAL TALENT
(Pastor Thaddaeus Thompson: TMGMinistries)
Topic Based on 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 KJV: “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues: But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.”
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 KJV
Notice how Apostle Paul kept repeating “by the same Spirit.” Meaning it takes the Spirit of God to make a ministry spiritual; not by human skills.
Oftentimes, we confuse natural talent with spiritual gift. Every human being was created with a natural talent, such as the talent to speak, teach, preach, evangelize, pastor, prophesy, athlete, sing, dance, etc. All these being done without the backing of the Holy Spirit but rather the carnal talent of man. Having natural a talent has nothing to do with spiritual gifts. Everyone has a unique natural talent, but spiritual gift comes from God. The fact that someone is an eloquent speaker doesn't make him a godly-gifted preacher. 1 Cor 12:7-11: Supernatural gifts are given by God to a believer to minister to another believer. However, you cannot minister to one another with the word of God alone, because the word alone is incomplete; you need the spirit of God over the word. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth” (John 4:24 KJV). The word of God without the spirit of God is incomplete and the spirit without the word is also incomplete. This is the highlight of our topic today. The world is using natural talent to serve God, instead of spiritual gift.
So what is the role of the Spirit of God in the church?
The spirit gives LIFE to the WORD and it becomes a LIVING WORD. This may sound simple, but it is a little complicated than you may think. The role of the Spirit of God is to LIGHTEN the WORD. Imagine holding the WORD in one hand and in the other hand the SPIRIT (like a flashlight) shining on the other hand. The FATHER is the Spirit that shines (give power) on the WORD (in Greek: the LOGAS, which means thoughts or concept) which was revealed as the SON OF GOD (John 1:1 KJV). Jesus, the man is God’s thoughts (The word of God) and the same Spirit is placed upon the Holy Ghost who does the work, such as deliverance, healing, miracles, etc. This fulfills the concept of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost (All 3 found in one single God Jesus).