“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. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.”
1 Cor. 12:7-12
Once upon a time, a group of people gathered together to share in joy and fellowship. Each member brought a dish to be shared with the others. Some brought fried chicken, some cole slaw, some macaroni & cheese, and some sweet potatoes, some kool-ade, some pound cake and more. It was a veritable smorgasbord of delight.
A good time was had by all as each shared of their dish and all were filled with the abundance and diversity demonstrated there.
The potluck became so popular that more and more potlucks sprang up all over the community. The same joy and fellowship that permeated the first potluck graced the others and they became one great body of potlucks sharing of their dishes to the benefit of all.
As time went on, some in the gatherings convinced the others that only brother/sister so-and-so had the dish that would satisfy everybody in their gathering. They also directed brother/sister such-and-such to serve the kool-ade to wash it down. The other members continued to bring their tupper-ware containers but were told not to open them because brother/sister’s dish was the only thing being served.
After a while, the other members forgot how to cook and resigned themselves to the dish being served. Without practicing their cooking skills, they couldn’t even tell when the seasonings of the dish being served were off.
Meanwhile, the other potlucks began to serve only cole-slaw while others served only sweet potatoes and others still served only kool-ade. Each potluck declared that their dish was better than the other potlucks and the once great body of potlucks became filled with division and strife.
And it continues today.
The operations and manifestations (pot-luck meals) of the Spirit are meant for all, not a select few. No wonder the spiritual discernment of God’s people has all but gone; their cooking ability has died from not being used. No wonder the manifestations of the Spirit we all desire are absent from today’s potlucks. No wonder we have over 1,500 “denominations” of pot-lucks today.
When are we going to allow Jesus, the Holy One of God to lead and guide our pot-lucks? Who knows, we just may become that one great body of potlucks again and become true brothers and sisters in Christ.