There are two days that almost every single person looks forward to. They are Christmas and your birthday. Why do we love those days? It is because of gifts. We receive gifts on those days. I still have some of my favorite Christmas gifts including Hot Wheels, a G.I. Joe doll and a Ken. My sister had the Barbie so I had the Ken. Do you remember the excitement that you had as a child over Christmas? You could not wait to see what was under the tree.
There is another special day when you received special gifts. God flooded your life with spiritual gifts when you were saved by His grace. At the moment of salvation when you prayed a prayer of repentance and faith in Christ you received gifts. There were 4 wonderful blessings you got.
1. God as your Heavenly Father
2. Jesus as your Savior
3. The Holy Spirit as your guide
4. Grace gifts of the Spirit
In Romans 12:3-8 Paul speaks about these grace gifts of the Spirit. His list is not all inclusive. Spiritual gifts are also found in I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4 and I Peter 4. The list in Romans 12 are serving gifts. All Christians should be serving the Lord in His Church the Body of Christ. How should we serve the Lord in His church? What should be our attitude concerning the way God has gifted us?
• We should be humble in using our gift from God – v.3, “For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.” We should not have exaggerated ideas about ourselves. No one should have a big head about their gift. God is the giver and we are just stewards of that gift.
• We should be united in the purposes of our gift – v.4, “many members” Our church is made up of many members with many gifts. As I am writing this blog the current resident membership of our church is 3,979 members. Those believers all have a gift. We have unity in our faith in Christ, but diversity in the exercise of our gift.
• We should be active in the exercise of our gift – v.6-8 Paul addresses 7 of the different spiritual gifts in these verses. They are all grace grifts given at the time of salvation. We should actively seek to find opportunities to use our gifts in the church.
You may be asking, “What if I don’t know what my gifts are?” Dr. Danny Akin has a checklist for discovering your spiritual gifts.
1. Make sure that you are a Christian.
2. Know what the gifts are. Study the lists in scripture including Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4 and I Peter 4.
3. Jump in and start serving – As you serve the Lord you will discover your gifts.
4. Listen for others to commend you in what you are doing. They may spot a gift in you.
5. Don’t seek out a particular gift. A sovereign God gives according to His plan.
Blessings as you discover and use your spiritual gifts!
Rev. Richard Humphries
Pastoral Care & Sr. Adult Minister