Proverbs 18:16 (KJV) A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.
There’s a real danger in thinking your spiritual gifts are blessings God has given you for your own benefit. The concern with this selfish viewpoint is that you see your use of these as an option or luxury that you neglect or use according to your will alone. That’s a critical misunderstanding from a biblical understanding, which sees our spiritual gifts as expressions of gratitude God wills for you to use in service to others. Why do you think the Lord has gifted you?
The Bible teaches that God gives us spiritual gifts so we can give to others. We use our gifts to continue Christ’s work in the earth. The apostle Paul wrote: A spiritual gift is given to each of us as a means of helping the entire church. His point: your gifts aren’t your possessions. Yes, they’ve been entrusted to you, but actually, they belong to the community of believers. In fact, to take it a little further our spiritual gifts are given for us to serve the world we live in! Serving in home, jobs, communities, ministries, are all in need of our Gifting’s from the Lord!
So, what are your spiritual gifts? Not sure? Read the Bible’s teaching on spiritual gifts in (Bible Chapters Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4). Then ask yourself where you may have felt the greatest satisfaction serving the Lord. Carefully thinking through that question will go a very long way in clarifying this issue; because when you do what you love in order to show God’s love, you’ll find spiritual fulfillment and renewal.
Point to ponder – What are you waiting for? You have to get moving! Happy Friday and great weekend.
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