A Spiritual Gift is given to each of us so that we can help each other.
1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT)
I have received gifts in my life from others for all sorts of reasons, birthdays, Christmas, anniversaries and many other reasons. These gifts were tangible I could see them I could touch them and I could show them off. I have also been led to intangible gifts that one canít see or touch except in my behavior and actions. My friend Henry led me to the gift of sobriety. My friend Pat led me to the gift of salvation and Godís word in the Bible. Because of the gifts Henry and Pat led me to; I am now also able to help others in their quest for sobriety, salvation and Godís word. These gifts originated through the mighty power, grace and love of God. God is truly the giver of these gifts. Grace is a gift, not something I earn, and God is the gift giver.
In the passage I have shared with you today we see, God, gives each of us spiritual gifts. These gifts are not for selfish purposes or to keep locked away for safekeeping, these gifts are to be used to help others. These gifts are to share; these gifts are to show the mighty power, grace and love of our Father, God. These gifts are to bring God glory, through gifts that can only be given by Him. Here are a few of the gifts we are given through the Holy Spirit; ability to give wise advise, special knowledge, healing, perform miracles, prophesy, discernment of Godís word, and the ability to speak in unknown languages. It is up to the Holy Spirit as to which gift each person receives.
All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
2 Corinthians 3-4 (NLT)
Because of the adversity in life and need for comfort, the spiritual gift I have been given is encouragement to others. I offer this encouragement through, counseling, writing and sharing my testimony with others in order to bring glory to God. My gratitude for our loving Father is immeasurable. The gift I have been given is not to be hidden or locked away. It is not to gloat or show off. The gift is to be shared with humility and humbly because it is a gift given only through the Holy Spirit to share with one another. It is to be used freely in my church family, throughout the Body of Christ and throughout the world. The encouragement I share is found only through the word of God and the Holy Spirit.
I offer these questions not to judge or cause guilt, only to encourage. Have you identified the gift given you? Do you use it freely and often in the Church Family, the Body of Christ and throughout the world? Is this gift bringing Glory to God?