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Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)
TITLE: Tell Me More
By Tina Beauchamp
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Tina paused and then began. “I think a gift comes in many forms Sally.” Sally looked intrigued by Tina’s comment. “What do you mean Tina?” and Tina replied “Well, after some time, after I got saved, I started to wonder why I was created. Not sorry of course that I was, but felt there was some sort of higher calling and felt like I was missing it. I looked deeper and deeper into my heart but I was not coming up with anything.”
Sally looked at Tina thinking to herself ‘this one is a real nut, but she is my friend so I am going to hear her out.’ Tina continued “I looked in the bulletin at church one Sunday and noticed they were having a special class on finding your “spiritual gifts.” So, I went to the class. They gave us a long test which took about an hour. After I left, I knew that God had given me special ways of doing things but I did not know that He created them for me to use and help others to glorify Him!”
“I was so excited Sally!” My spiritual gifts turned out to be the very things people were telling me that they appreciated about me.” Then Sally interrupted Tina and excitedly said (as though she had just figured out the answer to world peace) “like the way you smile and approach people!!!!” Sally continued “oh, oh and the way you are so efficient at organizing things, oooh, oooh, and the way you give money and time to all your charities. You know I have been meaning to talk to you about that. Do you really need to give them SO much money?” Tina chuckled and warmly smiled at Sally. Then Sally continued “am I getting this right? Are these gifts that God gave you to help others and help others, well, maybe come to be saved?” Tina said “yes, they are! It gave me such a purpose” then Sally looked at Tina intently, for a long while. For the first time in years, Tina noticed Sally letting her guard down, she became softer and more vulnerable. Tina asked Sally after such a long pause, “are you okay?” Sally looked up at Tina and said “Tina, my heart was so empty and I felt so numb, I just needed to hear that there is hope and that I can do something in this life.” Sally continued “I have felt like this for years you know.” Tina replied “I know.” Sally looked up surprised “what do you mean ‘you know?” Well, when you become saved and accept Jesus as your Lord then you have a friend that sticks closer then a brother. I felt something was troubling you and prayed about it and God revealed to me that you were troubled about something.” Sally, for the first time in months had a sparkle of hope in her eyes and with a look of surrender she softly replied to Tina “okay, my friend, tell me more about this Jesus……..”
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