September 19, 2020: Spiritual Gifts - Jack Brisendine

Let’s look at what the Bible says about gifts we receive from our creator. May I share a few thoughts with each of you as to what I glean from the Bible.

While we were in our mother’s womb, God was creating a masterpiece, creating each child special, with varied gifts and talents (jewels to be used in His service in this earthly world). He does not create all of us the same. How boring it would be if we were all just like each other. Think of a baseball team, we can’t all be effective pitchers, or even the umpire. In discovering our God given gifts, we naturally don’t want to be a duplicate of our siblings, parents, or even our neighbors. God gives us varying strengths within our many abilities. If you do an analysis of your gifts, you will find some come easier than others, thus giving you a better opportunity- strength for effective service. We still use all our gifts; we just center our ministry on the more natural strong gifts. God is creating His children for amazing service as a whole. Life as He planned would fail if we were all Special in the exact same way.

Do our gifts relate to our parents? God, in giving us our gifts/talents, shows no partiality in regards to our parents when it comes to their; characteristics, physical attributes, their gifts (although we can often grow strong talents along theirs), habits, societal status, financial standing, nationality, customs, skin color, religious leaning, health, ideology, or whatever. What I am saying is that God treats us as an individual, without restraints, when he hands out His Gifts. We need not be discouraged, or doubt ourselves, if we see family as failing to have found, or using of their gifts. We each have gifts we choose to use to please our Lord Jesus, to help others, and to have a fulfilling life!

10 “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

29 “for God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Romans 11:29 (NIV)

4 “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 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. 7 Now 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.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (NIV)

27 “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. 28 And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? 31 Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.” 1 Corinthians 12:27-31 (NIV)

Some examples of gifts we have the opportunity to accept, develop, and use as God has given us.

Leadership, Discernment, Shepherd/Pastoring, Mercy/Compassion, Wisdom, Healing, Missionary, Serving, Helping, Teaching, Encouraging, Giving, Apostle, Evangelist, Knowledge, Protector, Miracles, Faith, Languages/Interpretation.

Have you identified your gifts? Prioritize yours beginning with the strongest. Ask your spouse, trusted Christian friends, or church leadership to see what they feel your gifts are. Pick someone who is godly, knows you well, and will be honest with you, they might see something in you that you can’t see in yourself. There are questionnaires that ask you questions and give you a grading evaluation to assist in ranking your gifts. Focusing on your top 3 or 5 gifts may give you the most satisfaction and service to others through Christ. I thank God that before we were born, He was working in our life to give us the tools to make us someone special in his sight and service! AMEN

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