Writing about gifts of the Spirit is nothing new on my blog, I have mentioned them several times, they are listed in 1 Corinthians 12 just before the Love chapter 13, which is really all about Jesus and His sacrifice, and what pure love is.
While tongues and prophecies and discernment even working miracles are something, love is what never fails. Whatever you do and do without it makes you just a tinkling cymbal. we are not saved by works but He gives us gifts and callings and works to do.
I love blogging, praying for people, I taught some Bible Studies. I loved helping people and helping out but I often over did it, wasn’t doing exactly what I should have been or helping who I should have been. Jesus said there would always be poor, and He was reluctant to heal, giving the children’s bread away, but He did when she dropped her pretense. She was addressed Him as if she were a Jewess.
I definitely think it is correct to help the poor. But you know I have run across some putting up pretenses. I believe our first priority is to fellow believers and those in ministry. Are we to use our gifts continually trying to persuade someone unwilling to change? Or should we come to the assistance of a fellow believer in midst of a crisis? The Holy Spirit will have to let you discern that one.
Though I thought I was doing things in love, some people are just not as loveable, and if you begin to just see the ugly side of things, it weighs heavily on a spirit that was meant for love, no matter how good your intentions are. You burn out, wear out, suffer mentally and physically. And you spirit will grow weak without the Holy Spirit’s help and gifting. We were not made to face mortal combat everyday, He placed His creation in a garden of life.
So let’s talk about gifts, He is the gift giver, and He gives different gifts at different times to whom He chooses, the more obedient and receptive to the Spirit you are the more He can help you and you can have one good gift or many, you might need one one day and another the next, He knows the deep things of hearts and minds, ours and God’s.
While a lot of people have their own ideas about what they desire, God wants us to delight in Him, He gives us the desires, and they are His for us, and they are best, some you may wait for and not others, He decides the time to and He will make it beautiful. I used to think I wanted to write, but that was God.
Foolishly and in pain I offered to quit for healing. Wrong! I wasn’t getting results anyway, wrong! I thought I should quit a lot of pursuits, I needed a real career. Wrong! Don’t let the enemy take what He sows in your heart, don’t try to bargain. He wanted me to write and heal and indeed they went together.
A lot of gifts will last a lifetime, His love. Some are for a while and then you are promoted on to other pursuits. Some gifts are just for a day or a week, to help you overcome. The extra bounce in you step, the faith you bring up from the well of your soul, the living water that overflowed to friend in need, although it refreshes daily.
There will be times you need extra rest, and sometimes more energy. He gives lots of gifts, the butterflies fluttering outside my door, cool breeze of His gentleness that helps us breathe, the drifting clouds, the sunrise, the seasons, the moonlight.
The scents of flowers and of fall, crisp air and tastes of His goodness and grace, you have to look for His gifts, thye are there, and don’t be afraid to ask and pursue new things, He does them all the time. We are to pursue peace, but He is pursuing us as well.
He welcomes all who believe and gives many gifts, not only the ones mentioned but others, all gifts to thank Him for, He speaks our names tenderly as He has us engraved in His palm, let’s slow down and enjoy our gifts and let others see the Holy Spirit in us. Shouldn’t we speak His name the same way, whisper Jesus when we need Him. Allow the Spirit to pray for us teach us and move us. Some may never believe, Jews should even be jealous to a point that their God is working so through the Gentiles, and the ones who won’t listen, leave them to heaven.
He is a good Father, who gives good gifts to His children, not spoiled and demanding bratty ones, though He is merciful, He gives good and perfect gifts, they are yours forever. So remember to do and give in love, and do what you do for Him and through Him, being a Christian should not be so difficult, especially when it is and was all laid on Him, it is finished.
What are some of your gifts this week? Leave a comment if you care to. Rebecca Jones / Anete Lusina, pexels.