My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. I follow the readings and journaling from lifejournal.me. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Accepting Your Gift
God, through the Holy Spirit wants to gift each and every one of us. Are we willing to accept the gift?
But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
(1 Corinthians 12:7 NASB)
But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.
(1 Corinthians 12:11 NASB)
Paul was telling the Christians in Corinth that the Holy Spirit was
working in each and every person's life in a special and unique way.
The result was that the community of faith had people with different
gifts and abilities which brought balance to the church. Not everyone
had the same gifting, but rather the culmination of their gifting
created a whole. The focus was not on the gifts themselves, but on the
Spirit who brought those gifts. The early church was a vibrant place
where the Holy Spirit was moving through the individual members. Sadly,
about a century later the growth of the church began to decline
dramatically and there was little or no talk of the movement of the
Spirit among the members. Throughout history there have been moments of
time where the Church has been called back to remembering that it was
when each member utilized the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit
that the world is eternally impacted.
I am afraid that we find ourselves in one of those eras where we
are not tapping into the Holy Spirit, and therefore we are not using our
spiritual gifting. God has a spiritual gift for each and every one of
us, but yet, are we willing to receive that gift, not for ourselves, but
for God's glory, work and movement here on this earth? God wants us to
tap into the power of His Holy Spirit in everything that we do. He
doesn't expect us to go about things on our own. Remember when Jesus
said that He needed to leave and go to heaven so that He could send the
"Comforter" or "Advocate" for us? That is God's desire for each and
every one of us.
If God gives us a gift, He does expect us to use it. Are we so
afraid of what God may ask us to do with the gift that He provides that
we would rather simply not receive it? It's time for us to jump into
the deep end of the pool -- allow the Holy Spirit to fill every nook and
cranny of our lives. Accept the good gifts of the Father and then use
them in His kingdom work.
Lord, please remove all barriers of fear which may hinder us from living in the fullness of Your Spirit. Amen.