Friday, December 4, 2009

Gifts - of the Spiritual Kind


It is approaching Christmas, and folks are out early and late to buy gifts for the ones they love.

It is always wonderful to give just the right gift to someone who wanted it and appreciates it.

God gives us gifts, because he loves and appreciates us.

And like the beloved recipient of your special gift, he wants us to use and enjoy the gifts he gives. They are unique, of course, because they are spiritual, rather than tangible...

1 Corinthians 12
1 -3 "What I want to talk about now is the various ways God's Spirit gets worked into our lives. This is complex and often mis-understood, but I want you to be informed and knowledgeable. Remember how you were when you didn't know God, led from one phony god to another, never knowing what you were doing, just doing it because everybody else did it? It's different in this life. God wants us to use our intelligence, to seek to understand as well as we can. For instance, by using your heads, you know perfectly well that the Spirit of God would never prompt anyone to say "Jesus be damned!" Nor would anyone be inclined to say "Jesus is Master!" without the insight of the Holy Spirit."

Here is the part about the gifts...

4 -11 "God's various gifts are handed out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various ministries are carried out everywhere; but they all originate in God's Spirit. God's various expressions of power are in action everywhere; but God himself is behind it all. Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people! The variety is wonderful:
wise counsel
clear understanding
simple trust
healing the sick
miraculous acts
proclamation
distinguishing between spirits
tongues
interpretation of tongues.
All these gifts have a common origin, but are handed out one by one by the one Spirit of God. He decides who gets what, and when."

So God gives us gifts.
They make us uniquely useful and needed.
And they bring us joy.

There is not a heirarchy.
Some critical. Some laughably silly and useless.
No- they are all needed and purposeful.

Special gifts from God...

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