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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)

TITLE: Help a Fellow Flower Grow
By Brenda Welc


We all love to receive gifts. Flowers. Jewelry. Pets. Gadgets. The list could go on forever depending on what you liked or disliked. Have you ever considered what gift God has given just to you? There are several gifts of the spirit which are bestowed upon us from our heavenly Father. Gifts of service, mercy, prophecies, giving, wisdom, healing, speaking in tongues just to name a few. All of these gifts are necessary for God to complete His workings on earth. You were given a specific gift for Godís purpose. It is your destination in this realm of living to dicover it, unwrap it and use it. You are to define and share your gift with others so God may work in their lives.

Yes, in some aspects it would seem as if many of the listed gifts apply to you, however one is most likely to prevail. I personally have the gift of mercy for others. I am able to see through the inabilities of people and see their true purpose. I am able to accept people for whom they are, not what others want them to become. When others are demolishing someoneís self-esteem, I am able to speak to both parties involved and begin a healing process. When someoneís eyes are opened to what they are actually doing to another person it starts a seed in their soul. Hopefully the person will listen to Godís will and the seed will be nurtured thus changing attitudes and atmospheres.

Using our spiritual gifts wisely takes discernment. Sometimes people are just not ready to change or accept their ways are not right. We need to decide when to make our move in the spirit. Listen to God. He will let you know when the timing is just right. Moving in the spirit comes natural to us who have been instructed by our pastors on how to move. Can you imagine the difference we could make as the body of Christ if we all learned how to accept and use our gifts? Right now there is someone who needs direction in their life and with the right words and encouragement it could happen just by using the gifts God gave us.

Just as a flower depends on nature to grow, we must depend on God to do the same. There are many things in action to make flowers grow: the planting of the seed, the watering, the sunlight, the weeding and the nurturing. All of these things could be applied to the spiritual gifts. Without all of this working together the flower would wilt and fade into emptiness without anyone noticing. On the other hand if the flower matures, it will be able to share its' good news with others and spread pollen to those who need it. Itsí pollen would be the gift God gave to the flower. As you can see, by being the flower we were meant to be we can change the world for God. We can nurture others and share the good news, spread our pollen if you will.

I challenge you to discover your spiritual gift today. Research it. Ask God to help you nurture it. Learn how to share it with others before we lose any more flowers to neglect. Together we can create a bouquet of flowers to share with the world. Together we can spread our pollen to the furthest corners of the earth. As one body of Christ using our spiritual gifts as we should we can accomplish all things for Him. Will you water a fellow flower today? Pour out your spiritual gift on someone and make a difference. God loves the sweet smell of success.

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Jan Ackerson 11/30/07
Thanks for this encouragement!
Dee Yoder 12/01/07
You've expressed many truths in your entry. God does need the whole body to do His work. Good thoughts expressed here.
Joanne Sher 12/01/07
Very informative and encouraging. I enjoyed this.
Laury Hubrich 12/05/07
This is a very nice little devotional. Thank you so much for sharing!