Did you know that the Holy Spirit gives special, spiritual gifts to all Christians? There are many types of spiritual gifts, but all have the same common purpose: To build up Jesus’ Church and overflow into the World. The gifts of the spirit are supernatural and have divine power when they are unleashed for the common good!
DIFFERENT GIFTS WORK TOGETHER
When it comes to recognizing spiritual gifts, they vary from person to person. For example - your pastor may have the gift of teaching, but that may not be a gift you have received yourself, and that is ok! You can't choose your giftedness anymore than you can choose your eye color. 1 Corinthians 12:7 says it this way: "A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other."
The truth is, there are no spiritual elites in God's Kingdom. Every one of our unique gifts is necessary. If spiritual gifts are like body parts that make up the body of Christ, you don't want everyone to have the same gift. If everyone was an eye, that doesn't come together to make a body - it creates a cyclops! A monster! So, our differences are actually a blessing when it comes to spiritual gifts because they come together to build up the Church as a whole.
FANNING YOUR GIFTS INTO FLAME
Maybe you have a hard time recognizing your spiritual gifts. Or, maybe you are comparing the effectiveness of your gifts to others. Some people may be operating in their gifts so powerfully that it's like they carry a full flame around with them everywhere they go. Meanwhile you walk around like you're carrying a tiny Bic lighter! It's not a full-fledged flame, just a little tiny power source. The truth is, how you operate in your gifts is the degree to which that flame is fully fanned in your life. Spiritual gifts are more caught than taught - it's the power from the Holy Spirit that's released into your life. So, receive your gifting and now, it's your job to make that power and gifting operational.
DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS
Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? If you feel like you have nothing to give, maybe your spiritual gifts are sitting dormant in your life. You need to fan into flame what you have already received from the Spirit! In 2 Timothy 1:6, the Apostle Paul was an older Christian man mentoring a young disciple named Timothy. Paul encouraged Timothy to grow and use his spiritual gifts. Maybe there are spiritual gifts you've received from the Holy Spirit that you haven't discovered yet. Or maybe you have spiritual gifts you've been sitting on for the last few years - and it's time to start using those gifts to build up God's Church. Like Timothy, you can fan into flame the gifts God has already given you and start using them to build up the Church and make a difference in the world.
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