“No Ordinary Family” is a TV show about a family who were traveling to their vacation spot when they encountered a storm and after they crash landed they discovered that they had somehow received extraordinary powers. Apart from being an entertaining show, the story line taps into our innate desire to be more than we are and possess some extraordinary power that would separate us from the crowd.
The truth according to 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 is that every believer is empowered with supernatural ability. Spiritual gifts are supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to everyone who belongs to Christ. The gifts of the Spirit are not for everyone. They are the unique possession of spirit filled believers. However, one of the reasons why the church doesn’t see more miraculous power moving through it is because I don’t think we have a full revelation of the power of the Spirit dwelling within us.
Jesus said, ‘You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you’ (Acts 1:8). This power of the Spirit is tangible and it is received and activated by faith. The power of God isn’t a circus trick, it’s the genuine article that enables you to live the Christian life in a supernatural way, not limited by our flesh or circumstances. One of the core expressions of God’s power through us is the manifestation of spiritual gifts. Often we are tempted to compare our gift with someone else’s and perceive what we have been given as ordinary but:
There is no such thing as an Ordinary Gift! Don’t despise the gift God has freely given to you. You didn’t do anything to deserve the gift(s) God’s given to you. I wonder if you have ever received a Christmas present that was sort of like, ‘ordinary’…? You know what I mean, maybe a packet of hankies to blow your nose on or a placemat to put your plate of dinner on… and you are like, ‘Well, thank you… thank you very much. Just what I’ve always wanted.” God doesn’t look for the cheapest gift he can find and hand it to you like he just got it from the $2 shop. God doesn’t do ordinary, he only does extraordinary.