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Written by Keith Haney for “THE LIGHT BREAKS THROUGH” @ https://alightbreaksthrough.org
As a new decade begins, it is time to assess what my goals are for this New Year. Last year if you remember I picked a word to define my year, influence.
I also challenged my readers to do the same. Out of that sharing, I wrote some devotions on those words. It was a fun and challenging faith forming exercise. This year I have picked a verse to guide me this year, Romans 12:6-8. If that verse does not immediately pop up in your head don’t worry.
Here is the verse, “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
In my working with so many people and churches I have discovered is that we have many people who don’t use their spiritual gifts and many others who have no idea the gifts God has blessed them to develop and implement. It is my goal this year to help as many people as possible to understand they have gifts that God’s kingdom needs. God has blessed me with gifts and I want to use the gifts He gave me to bless others.
This illustration was a powerful reminder that our gifts must always be viewed through the lens of Christ.
A friend told me of an extraordinary manufacturer who gave each of his employees a hanging mirror and a handsome reproduction of the head of Christ for Christmas one year. The Christian businessman presented the gifts personally with these instructions: “Hang the mirror on one side of the room and the picture of Christ directly across the room so that when you look in the mirror, you will see the face of Christ along with yours.” Then this pensive admonition: “It’s going to take both to get you through.”
We All Have Gifts
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“For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”
In verse 3 where Paul mentioned “the grace given to me.” Please hear me when I say this “every member is gifted in some way to serve and build up the body of Christ.” The key is that we are gifted for a reason, to serve God and others and in doing so we are building up the body of Christ. Notice I didn’t say we are growing our church, nor that we are increasing worship attendance or the money in the offering plate. We are gifted and serve to build up the body of Christ. Gifts we receive are originated in grace (charis), which means they are freely imparted at the generous will of the giver, the Holy Spirit. As Paul writes to the church in Corinth, “All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”
I love this quote. “Grace-gifts are manifestations of the presence and activity of the Holy Spirit—he not only gives the gifts “just as he determines” (1 Cor. 12:11) but he also empowers their use “for the common good” (1 Cor. 12:7).”
It is my prayer for the church this year for us to use the gifts imparted on us by the Holy Spirit. Imagine what our churches would look like if every member was busy using their gifts for the common good? What a powerful Acts 2 community would be on display for a world living in fear, discouragement, and darkness?
This is my verse for 2020. What’s yours?
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P.S. (from bruce) When there is no other place to turn…turn to God !! If you’re not a “born again” Christian, is the Holy Spirit urging you to open this link ?? Here is the truth for this most important days writing, about how God’s grace is received to become a Christian in God’s eyes; through understanding and obeying the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ… https://godsmanforever.com/
To my brothers and sisters in Christ, please feel free to share this message of the cross with those in need…
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