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A Matter of Spiritual Gifts

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Spiritual gifts are documented three times in the scriptures. Firstly, in Romans 12:3-8, Paul is exhorting the church regarding their required sacrifice and reasonable service (Romans 12:1). He is urging them not to be high minded because everyone has been given a place and a function. He is plainly stating that there is enough work in the Kingdom for everyone therefore, do what you have been graced to do.

Secondly,the gifts of the Spirit in I Corinthians 12:8-10 were given to each one for the common good. Jesus' death released the ministry of the Holy Spirit. John 14:16-17 quotes Jesus saying, "And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Counselor to be with you forever - the Spirit of truth." These gifts are made available to every believer who receives the gift and ministry of the Holy Spirit.

Thirdly, In Ephesians 4:11 Jesus is releasing all the gifts that were resident in Him. Jesus was so powerful that he needed five people to replace him. These gifts have been given to some in order to prepare God's people for service so that the body of Christ can be built up.

There are a myriad of titles being flung across the spiritual landscape today; Bishop, Apostle, Prophet, Evangelist, etc. What does that really mean? Many believe if they do not hold a lofty office that they have nothing to contribute to the church of Jesus Christ. All of us have been given a divine resident gift that will help us engage in the ongoing work of God's Kingdom. Contrary to religious propaganda the front runners are not the greatest in the Kingdom but according to scripture, the least. Jesus said, in Matthew 23:11, "But the greatest among you shall be your servant." The higher the call the greater responsibility you have to serve. It is the unseen gifts in the background that generally have greater significance. The heart beating in your chest and the brain encased in your skull are far more important than the parts of the body that are seen and without them life would cease.

No matter what your spiritual gift is, its application and function are crucial to the effective work of God's Kingdom. Don't covet what you have not been given, but embrace who you are and do it well. The key to being an effective individual is embracing your originality. Your greatest responsibility in life is discovering your gift and serving it to the world; that is Christianity at its finest!

[Yvonne is the CEO and founder of Between the Porch and Altar Ministries. With more than 25 years of professional and ministry experience her focus is on the emotional healing and training of emerging leaders. In addition she has authored four books which are available on our ministry website. For more information to request a speaking engagement visit our website at www.joel217.com or email us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .]

 

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