Gifted?

We usually think of someone else being gifted; someone smarter, faster, more talented or capable than ourselves.

But you are gifted.  You have something to offer the world.  It is your gift, and the more you “give it away”, the more you enjoy it yourself. 

Our gifts come so easily to us that we tend to downplay their value.  We think “if it’s so easy for me, it must be easy for everyone”.  It just ain’t so.

Haven’t you had someone explain to you, “Well, you just do this, and then that, and then the other thing and you’re done”, while you stand before them dumfounded by whatever it was they were explaining? 

I suggest you’ve done exactly the same thing to others.  Likely because you were gifted in regard to what you were explaining and the other fellow wasn’t.  Thank God that we are all gifted in different ways.

The New Testament mentions the following as gifts….. Hospitality, knowledge, wisdom, leadership, exhortation, mercy, giving, helps, service, evangelism, faith, administration, discernment, encouragement, teaching, and shepherding.

The early church was gifted with miraculous gifts.  Some of them could prophesy, heal, speak in languages they had not studied, interpret languages, and have knowledge and wisdom beyond their natural abilities.  Such gifts were given by the laying on of the apostles’ hands and have ceased with the passing of their recipients.

Romans 12 and 1st Corinthians 12 are two places where we find “lists” of gifts.  Look them up to see if you find your own gift (s) among them.  When you find yours, follow Peter’s admonition:

“As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  Whoever speaks, it to do so as one who is speaking the utterances of God; whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever, Amen.”,               1st Peter 4:10-11

 

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