Musings on Spiritual Gifts
It seems to me that sometimes we can be really possessive about spiritual gifts. We consider them "mine". We either get insecure or prideful. We think we can't do anything or we think that we are God's most naturally-gifted servant. We end up serving ourselves. And hurting ourselves and the body of Christ in the process.
Gods gifts are gracious giftings for the common good (1 Cor. 12:7). They are to be used to build up the body of Christ not our reputation. They are to be used to the glory of God not to ours. How do we get this straightened out in our lives? It comes by being humbled and brought low. It comes by not thinking of ourselves more highly than we ought to, thinking soberly, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. And discovery of your gift (or gifts) is quite another thing.
Sometimes there are lots of Christians running around having no idea how they have been gifted by God. I don't see how a growing Christian cannot know what their gifts are. If you know how did you find out? And how do you know you are right? What is it that you really want to do? What are you able to do? Where have you seen good fruit and good outcomes? How has it been confirmed? Have you prayed about it?
Discovery of your God-given gifting (1 Peter 4:10, gift, Greek charisma = spiritual gift) comes from doing the good things that you want to do because you love Jesus and want to serve Him. That's from God. "Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart." Psalm 37:4. It is all for the glory of God in Christ. It is not for our glory. It is God's work. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are for Christ's Church and God's glory.
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