Gift Giving I

Mangal – Romans 12:3-8, “3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. 4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. 7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; 8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”

I know that people sometimes put out those “discover your spiritual gifts” surveys out of an honest want to help others. I also know that some people do it out of an honest want to aquire money for themselves. When it comes down to it though, these surveys aren’t the answer. Think of it this way, you happen to have a birthday and you have a big gift. Would you ask what everybody else had given you to determine if it could be big enough to fit in that big gift’s box? Or would you go to the giver of that gift to ask what was in there?

Then there are those that argue that these gifts aren’t necessary (some of them) and that they haven’t existed (some of them) since the Apostles recieved them. It seems that there is a correlation between these gifts and our faith. Our faith must be at an all-time low if there isn’t much interaction between them and us. Then again, the conditions in America are against us when it comes to growing faith. Until recently we could provide anything we needed for ourselves and had no need to cultivate our faith in God.

Have you ever really wanted a gift that wasn’t suited for you or you for it? That is the danger when it comes to these spiritual gifts. So many times we would think, “If I could just prophesy, I could get my whole family out of this mess.” or “If I could only heal, then I could save my best friend’s life.” Noble sentiments, but now is the time when encouraging, serving, and even teaching are just as beneficial. You might already have some gifts you hadn’t thought were gifts. The gifts we recieve are given to us by God’s will. He doesn’t mismatch them or us as we might.

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