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Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)
TITLE: The Invisible Man
By TJ Nickel
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So, that gift being what it is, and my wonderful wifeís lack of informing of me about the nature of this gift prior to trying out for choir, resulted in our little startup church electing to not fill that fourth singing slot. I guess the big plans for the quartet werenít so big after all.
I showed a bit of promise as a theologian so the elders asked me to step in and lead four others in a menís study each week. Within three weekís, Pastor Davis called me into his office to help him answer the emails from this quartet of men. Apparently, informing them that God isnít both omniscient and omnipotent because knowing everything prevents the power to learn wasnít wise counsel.
So, that gift being what it is, the elders asked me to be a fifth wheel. Of course, Iíd managed to lose half the men in three weeks, so I became a third. God must be teaching us about his triune nature, because he doesnít seem to like foursomes in our church.
The gift I received from the Spirit was the gift of invisibility. I looked all over for it in the Bible and for some ironic reason I couldnít find it. Itís hidden in their somewhere Iím sure, because I get this haunting feeling like thereís some Ghostly part of Godís revelation of himself to be comprehended. Canít seem to find it specifically, but I really think thatís my gift: invisibility.
Invisibility works hand in hand with omnipresence. Being one enables the other. Thatís how God does it, Iím pretty sure. See I was brought up the seventh of thirteen children. Youíd think lucky number seven would be a good place to be and poor number thirteen would be the cursed one. God does like twelveís. Turns out the middle guy becomes invisible and the double sixes fold on top of one another perfectly, and number seven is the bookís binding. Thereís no page for me in there, but Iím glued to everyone of them somehow and some way. When weíre looked at as a group, Iím the one people see staring them in the face as a label or representative of our family, but when you open up the story I canít be found anywhere, as though Iíve been erased or turned into some ghost.
I tried finding a way to serve the church, and the world for that matter, where the gift of invisibility and omnipresence was a core component of the service. Turns out thereís only one such thing for such a person. Thatís why I write.
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