Gifts! This time of year our minds are on gifts we can give those we love and even those we might get in return. But how many times have you gotten a gift you could not use? Are you aware that God gives spiritual gifts to each believer? You have one! Think of that spiritual gift as a little piece of God’s nature dwelling inside of you.
God’s desire is that you develop that gift (II Timothy 1:6, “Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God.”). Even in pain and illness, you can be useful to Him by developing your spiritual gift and using it to the best of your ability.
So what exactly are spiritual gifts? Let’s take a look at Romans chapter 12, verse 6 and following: “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.”
Your own spiritual gift will establish itself in your heart. Do you have a desire to teach others more about God, or what you have learned? Are you good at encouraging others? Has God given you the ability to be able to give, either monetarily or of yourself? Are you a natural leader? This is not an all-inclusive list of spiritual gifts. What is it that tugs at your heart that can be used for God? By using your gift, you are also giving a gift back to God.
Let’s take a look at some of these individually. If you have a gift of encouraging others (exhortation), even if you are sick or disabled, you can write encouraging notes to hurting people, or assure them you are praying on their behalf. You can encourage people by presenting a Biblical perspective on what they are going through, and can assure those people that God loves them and has a reason for what they are going through. Many times when people are going through a trial, they need someone to point out things they cannot see in their distress. It also helps to have as an example someone who has gone through a trial and come out stronger because of it. Perhaps that person is you!
We will look at more gifts in future posts.