Understanding the Kingdom of God is about recognizing two key truths: God is in charge of everything, and we are meant to work alongside Him, caring for the world as His partners. We’re not just subjects in His kingdom; we’re active participants, called to reflect God’s love and rule on earth. This means living out the example Jesus set for us, serving others with humility and love.

The Holy Spirit also gives us special abilities, known as spiritual gifts, to help in our Christian journey and support the church and community. Whether it’s teaching, healing, helping, or leading, these gifts are meant for serving others and showing the world the love of Jesus.

As followers of Jesus, we’re invited to daily seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance, allowing Him to fill us and use us in serving others. This is how we truly live out the Kingdom of God on earth, showing love and compassion in action. Today’s video is about letting the Holy Spirit work through you today!


An Example Prayer for the Filling of the Holy Spirit:

  • “Dear God, I need you. I really want to honor you. Thank you for forgiving me for the wrong things I’ve done through what Jesus did. I ask for the faith to trust and follow you wherever you lead me today. I ask that You will fill me with your Spirit, as You’ve said You would do if I ask. I lay my whole life – my words, actions, and thoughts – at your feet. Fill me completely and use me for your purposes. To show my trust in You, I thank you for filling me with Your Spirit and for being in charge of my life today. In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

What are some of the gifts listed in Paul’s letters?

  • Evangelism – Effectively communicating the gospel to non-believers, and possessing great burden that all would come to know Jesus.
  • Teaching – Explaining and applying God’s truth and the Bible effectively.
  • Pastoring – Shepherding, teaching, and protecting a Christian community of any size, from a church to a Bible study group.
  • Apostleship – Planting new churches and faith communities in unreached places.
  • Administration – Organizing, thinking systematically, operating with efficiency and clarity.
  • Leadership – Guiding and caring for others with diligence and dedication.
  • Wisdom – Ability to understand and apply God’s truths practically, as well as being able to supply counsel from the Holy Spirit.
  • Knowledge – Deep understanding of God’s Word and His commandments, as well as revelations to share with those in need.
  • Helps – Assisting others in their needs and tasks.
  • Mercy – Showing compassion and empathy to the suffering and needy.
  • Hospitality – Welcoming and caring for guests and strangers graciously.
  • Prophecy – Proclaiming and interpreting God’s truth boldly and calling out sinful, destructive behaviors.
  • Faith – Exceptional trust in God’s promises and power.
  • Sign gifts (tongues, healing, and miracles) – supernatural miraculous abilities that reveal truth and/or display God’s power so that people would come to know Him.

These spiritual gifts are diverse, each serving a specific function within the Christian community, and are given by the Holy Spirit for the common good and the building up of the church.

This list is not exhaustive, but it does cover the most common ones encountered in Scripture. To read more about these and other gifts gifts, see: Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 & 28-31, Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Peter 4:9-10


You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all. You know what has happened throughout the province of Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John preached— how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. “We are witnesses of everything he did in the country of the Jews and in Jerusalem. They killed him by hanging him on a cross, but God raised him from the dead on the third day and caused him to be seen. He was not seen by all the people, but by witnesses whom God had already chosen—by us who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead. All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, “Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have.” So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days.

Acts 10:36-48 (NIV)