Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
1Cor 12: 4-7
Pentecost, the day of the coming of the Spirit in tongues of fire. This particular reading reminds us that we are empowered by God but we are not God. We have particular gifts, not the gift of omnipotence. We can use the gifts we’ve been given where they’re appropriate – and the one thing we can be sure of is that our gifts won’t be appropriate everywhere. Use our gifts as and when, otherwise keep out of the way to let others with different gifts get on with what works in the circumstances. We should never be press-ganged or made to feel guilty by those who think, demand that we do what we have no talent for. Rather, we need to act on a heart set on fire with God-given passion for what we are able to do.
God grant me the wisdom to discern which gifts you have given me, the courage to use them with confidence, and the sense to stand back and let others when that is the better thing.