Pursuing Spiritual Gifts with Purpose

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With age and maturity, comes changes within ourselves. Ten year old Nola is a lot different from 20 year old Nola (and thank God for that). However, as you may notice in yourself, there are a lot of characteristics and gifts that linger and remain with us in our adulthood. Take a moment to think about what your strong attributes and weaknesses were when you were younger. Are they similar to those of today?

These characteristics are directly from God for the glory of the Lord and the unity of the body of Christ.

The Lord created all of His children individually with purpose– each with different strengths. With this, it is easy to compare our weaknesses with other’s strengths.

1 Corinthians 12: 12-14  says, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body–whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free– and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many”.

Imagine a world where everyone pursued the gifts that the Lord has given them. To pursue our God given gifts means to pursue unifying the body of Christ.

We should never think of others gifts as being more important than our own.

Imagine what would happen if our body systems were not content with the roles they were given to keep the body unified. Imagine if the nervous system stopped pursing its purpose and tried to take on the work of the cardiovascular system, just because it seemed more important. This wouldn’t end up quite well.

With this being said, no God given gift, talent, or passion is greater than another, because they all work together with one purpose: to glorify one God through one body.

Just as our body systems all play different roles in keeping the body running, we as Christians have each been given unique roles to pursue. No role is more important than another and all systems must pursue their purpose to keep the body healthy. We must pray to our Lord to make our purposes more clear to us with the goal of Unifying the body of Christ.

1 Corinthians 18-20 says: “But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  If they were all one part, where would the body be?  As it is, there are many parts, but one body.”

When we get distracted by the gifts others have and want them for our own, we must think of what exactly it is we are pursuing. Are you pursuing the glory of yourself or the glory of Christ and the Unity of His church? If you are content in your God given passions no matter how big or small they appear to be in the world’s eyes, you are also content in your purpose of glorifying God through them.

What are some of the specific gifts mentioned in the Bible?

1 Corinthians 12: 8-10; 12:28 mentions:

  • Prophecy: A message inspired by God, a divine revelation.  Paul says in 1 Corinthians 14:1 to “Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.”
  • Faith: Strong belief in God, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof. This gift is not the same as saving faith. All christians have received saving faith, but not everyone is gifted strongly with faith.
  • Gifts of healing:  Supernatural enablements given to a believer to minister various kinds of healing and restoration to individuals through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • Wisdom: “Is also referred to as the “word of wisdom” or “utterance of wisdom.” The Greek word for wisdom is sophia and it refers to the intimate understanding of God’s Word and His commandments which results in holy and upright living.
  • Discernment: ” Being able to distinguish, discern, judge or appraise a person, statement, situation, or environment. In the New Testament it describes the ability to distinguish between spirits as in 1 Corinthians 12:10, and to discern good and evil as in Hebrews 5:14.
  • Tongues: “The spiritual gift of tongues is more accurately called the gift of languages. The Greek word for tongues is glossa, which literally means “tongue.” When it is used in the New Testament addressing the subject of spiritual gifts it carries the contextual meaning of “languages.” Speaking in tongues is the utterance of prayer or of a message glorifying God, typically spoken to God (1 Corinthians 14:2), in a language that is unknown to the one speaking it”.
  • Teaching: Teachers have been entrusted with the task of effectively communicating what the Bible says, what it means, and how we as followers of Jesus Christ are to apply it to our lives here and now”.
  • Administering: With this gift the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the Church. 
  • Serving: Refers to any act of service done in genuine love for the edification of the community. The word Antilepsis is translated “helping” and is found in 1 Corinthians 12:28. It has a similar meaning: to help or aid in love within the community”.

To view more descriptions of other spiritual gifts and/or learn more about what you may be gifted with visit: Spiritualgiftstest.com

 

Author: Nola Preston

 

 

 

 

 

 

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