Spiritual Gifts

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Am I gifted?

Yes. We are all gifted, all of us, including you.

1 Corinthians 12 vs. 8 -11 “For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gift of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretations of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

Many times we attribute our gifts to only what we do when it is the spiritual component that is indeed the gift, congruent with what we do. Singing well, playing an instrument well, calculating numbers in your head, drawing, painting, building, playing a sport, all this is by which you offer your gift.

Loving someone is a gift; patience is a gift; longsuffering is a gift, wisdom, knowledge, performing miracles, interpretation of languages, service, an exacerbate amount of faith, or being able to be single; yes, you should look it up... are all gifts.

Everyone doesn’t have the same amount of gifts as others. Some of us have been given more than others. Love may be your only gift, which you share with people that you encounter daily. This is how you share your gift. However, someone may have the gift of wisdom and choose to take up a career as a spiritual guide or pastor.

 It is essential to focus on the gifts you have been given and share them, and not worry about those who have many gifts. Matthew 25:14-30 shares a parable discussing talents. You must focus on what you can do to expound on the 1, or 2 gifts/talents you have versus the three or five someone else has. Master your skills and your gifts lest you lose it wanting someone else’s. Take risks and use your gifts to serve people in love. 

Romans 12 vs. 6-8 also states, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith: if service, in serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the own who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

As we end, Peter 4:10 reminds us, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace. Our gifts aren’t just what we do but the spiritual component, along with the action that people are serviced. You are responsible for sharing your gifts with others; this includes the gift of money. The reward is the career, the product, and the connection with people, even your inner peace.

Having gifts comes with different types of responsibilities and challenges. Focus on your own gifts and talents and let their responsibilities and hiccups be enough for you. There is even a caution that...

James 3:1 shares, “not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly. We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” 

Tame your tongue, discipline your thoughts, and control your feelings. Master what you have been given and who knows you may be given more.

 

O.Silvera

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