Have you ever received a gift that you just had no idea what it was for or how to use it only to find out later that it would have been the most wicked coolest thing you had?! It’s almost frustrating when you discover something you had access to all along but never figured out its intended use until it was too late.
In our relationship with Christ we receive this amazing gift in Salvation. The fact that God would look at us, in the condition we are in, and seek to Save is beyond the scope of our full comprehension! That alone is enough! But he doesn’t stop there.
It’s like insurance. The product you pay for, to insure your something, often times comes with other benefits you had no idea were there. That’s probably a really bad example.
The benefits that God give us go way beyond just that of salvation and that simply astounds me.
One of those gifts if the presence of the Spirit of God. Not really the focus of our conversation today but it’s there.
The Fruit of the Spirit is another such example. Qualities of life that are superhuman in some cases.
The part I want to focus on for this feature is the gifts God grants for us to be able to use to live, serve and bless people around us.
Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:10- “Each of you has been blessed with one of God’s many wonderful gifts to be used in the service of others. So use your gift well.”
I encounter a lot of people today who painfully express a sense of emptiness. A vacancy in their lives that doesn’t seem to be filled by anything. They are sad, hurt, lost and wondering why they even exist. Inevitably, I ask them two questions every time:
1) What group of people are you connected to that is inspiring you to move ahead?
2) Where are you exercising your spiritual gift?
If you can’t come to clarity with those two questions than it’s not wonder that your life feels the way it does. You are feeling what your body feels when you don’t exercise it, move it, and stress it.
Your faith needs movement, tension and test to be fully activated.
Do you feel you are underdeveloped right now? Maybe it’s time to pursue some solutions to your Spiritual gifting and really finding out who God made you to be.
What’s your thought? Do you feel you have this figured out or could your faith and gifting use some help?