What Does Charismata Mean?

            God is still working miracles today. The Bible teaches us that God has given many grace gifts by the Holy Spirit. This is important because we all play a role in the Body of Christ. Some of us are feet of Christ when we travel across the aisle to speak to a friend we haven’t seen in a while. Some of us are the hands of Christ when we pay for someone’s meal. And others are the mouth of Christ when we evangelize and teach God’s word. Just as the Apostle Paul wrote, “18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. (1 Corinthians 12:18).

            Here is a Greek lesson for the day. Charis is the Greek word for “grace”. Charisma is the Greek word for “gift of grace”. This is usually translated as, “gift” in the New Testament. The Apostle Paul used this word in the plural form when he said, “Now there are different gifts, [charismata] but the same Spirit” (1 Corinthians 12:4) (HCSB). Charismata means grace gifts. This is given without effort. It is not based on any merit of our own. I don’t have to worry if I did enough. I can freely receive it.

            The Apostle Paul reminds us that the Holy Spirit, “…the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit…” (Romans 5:5). It is the work of the Holy Spirit that changes our lives. When Jesus was raised from the dead, it was the Holy Spirit who did this. All three, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit worked together to complete this great miracle.

            Now think about this, “If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” (Romans 8:11). That is amazing to think about. Let’s wake up remembering that the Holy Spirit is working today.

            These gifts of the Holy Spirit are important because they remind us that we all have a role in God’s redemption plan. Some have the gift of wisdom, faith, administration, and helps. These gifts are given by God’s unmerited favor. Take time to pray, and as you go throughout your day be open to the work of the Lord. When you wake up make time to ask the Lord for guidance. Have this attitude, “Lord what are you up to today?” Believe that God’s redemption story is taking place right before your eyes. When we allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives, miracles take place.

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