There are different kinds
of gifts, but the same Spirit.
—1 Corinthians 12:4
At checkout, the young lady at my local Subway presses her index finger to a pad that unlocks the cash register and credit card terminal. Hers is the only one that will work the magic, for no two fingerprints are alike.
1 Corinthians 12 lists a menu of gifts, then says the Spirit “gives them to each one, just as he determines.” In other words, your gift and assignment are custom-made. No one else has your identical abilities; your spiritual DNA is uniquely yours.
You have a garden to plant and cultivate that no other human can tend, no matter how green their thumb.
“Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. . . . Don’t compare yourself with others” (Gal 6:4 MSG).
There never has been and never
will be anyone else like you.