Gifts.

Friday July 20, 2018

by colinscanvas

1 Corinthians 12:4-11

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.

7Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

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When I was in Kenya about a month ago, a friend of mine asked, “What are your spiritual gifts?” I had never been posed this question, but I believe it is so important to reflect on. Here the Apostle Paul is speaking to us about spiritual gifts, which are gifts given to each of us by the Holy Spirit. Paul tells us that we all have been given a spiritual gift to use, in order to help the church. Yes especially you!

Yesterday morning I was meeting a man for an interview for the first time. Long story short he had accidently scheduled two meetings at the same place, at the same time. So I got to hangout with his mom too! It ended up being fine, but during the interview I found him asking me questions about myself ,I wasn’t sure I knew the answer to. “What are some of your talents, gifts, etc.?” I had a few I was able to muster up, but left feeling like there had to be more.

Truly knowing ourselves is one of the amazing, yet frightening, things we can accomplish. When we know ourselves, we find out our fears, weaknesses, downfalls, and more. But, at the same time, we are able to find our strengths, passions, loves, and desires. Knowing ourselves allows us to become the person God wants us to ultimately be.

Sit down. Take a deep breath. Think.

Who am I?

What gifts has God given me?

Am I using these gifts to glorify His name?

Have a great day!

C. Lyman

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