There are some things you literally can’t live without: a heart, lungs, brain. And then there are the body parts that tend towards the “optional” end of the spectrum: tonsils, appendix, the pinky toe (although that would be a shame and create awkward conversations the next time you went for a pedicure). In 1 Corinthians 12, the Bible describes spiritual gifts and the church as a functioning human body. The question is, where do spiritual gifts fit in the importance of the church? Are they vital or optional? Are they essential or extra credit? Are they the spine or the spleen? Depending on the denominational background, churches land all over the place on this issue. Some treat spiritual gifts as a sign of salvation while others treat spiritual gifts as an afterthought. But what does the Bible teach? The entire chapters of 1 Corinthians 12-14 are instructive, but we catch a glimpse of the critical importance of spiritual gifts in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7:
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
Here are 6 reasons why spiritual gifts are critically important for every believer.