You are Gifted

You are gifted by the Holy Spirit with Spiritual Gifts. As we use our spiritual gifts we must also value the people in our faith community and their spiritual gifts. Read Romans 12:3-8.  Paul shares a list of seven spiritual gifts with the Romans:  Prophesying, Serving, Teaching, Encouraging, Contributing, Leadership, and Mercy. This list is sometimes called the primary motivation list of Spiritual Gifts. When I first began as a pastor, I had never attended a Bible Study. I didn’t know my Bible and had not been to seminary. All I had was a passion to follow Jesus and I believe Jesus was leading me to be a pastor. I knew very little about the Holy Spirit and knew nothing about spiritual gifts. I began to read and study the Bible with a passion. I attended workshops and seminars that helped me be a pastor. While I was learning and growing, my excitement for ministry turned to frustration in ministry.  A lot of people at the church I was serving seemed content with me but others were very critical. I tried to be encouraging but felt like there were people who were being discouraging. What I tried to build, they seemed to try to tear down. I attended a week-long training that I have affectionately called “the tools of Christianity.” One entire session was devoted to spiritual gifts. The speaker said that every Christian had at least one of the spiritual gifts from Romans 12. As he began to describe each gift, I began to understand myself and the people in my church better. The first gift was prophesying. People with the gift of prophesying were willing to speak the hard truth into a situation. They were usually not very popular  When the speaker talked about the gift of encouragement I got excited.  I realized that was my gift  Toward the end of the presentation he warned people with the gift of encouragement to listen especially to people with the gift of prophesy. God has put these people in your life to give you balance and speak wisdom to you. All of a sudden I had a new appreciation for the “nay-sayers” at the church I was serving.  They were not trying to tear anything down I was hoping to build, but instead, they were speaking wisdom into my approach and warn me of negative consequences. I began to see them as partners instead of antagonist. My change of attitude toward them really changed the course of our ministry together. Today, as the pastor of Wesley Chapel, I welcome the voices of the prophets among us whose spiritual gift it is to speak truth into situations. I have learned to value people with the other gifts as well. People with the gift of mercy are the ones who are checking on our well-being. People with the gift of teaching, are steering us to have the right beliefs and practices.  People with the gift of contributing are often financing projects that could not be possible otherwise. People with the gift of leadership are able to organize people, care for people, and accomplish great ministry. People with the gift of serving help make the engine of the church continue to run. Paul emphasizes how each spiritual gift is an important part of healthy ministry in a healthy church. We should never think we are better than someone else by thinking our gift is more important than someone else’s gift. When we all use our spiritual gifts, the church is richer.

 

Come Holy Spirit. Give us our gifts as we value the gifts of the people around us. Give us wisdom and courage to practice our gifts in order to grow your Kingdom. Amen.

 

Don’t know your gift?  I invite you to click the following link to take a spiritual gifts assessment to discover your gift today. 


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