In recent times, the church has come under constant scrutiny. People have refrained from participating in church activities because they believe that the same people who profess Christ are the same people who engage in unspeakable crimes in our society. In my personal devotion last week, God is beginning to teach me something. This is about how Christianity is not about following the crowd, known as the mass effect, but an individual relationship with God. It takes its pride in being deeply rooted in His word – The Bible. This means to be a practical Christian, the bible should be your guide.
Today I shall delve into spiritual gifts and their essence in the modern-day church. A gift is defined as an endowment, talent, or quality acquired without compensation. This gift is not bestowed on you based on your merits or achievements but freely given to you by a generous father.
Salvation is the hallmark of every Christian, and this is typically attained by professing your faith in Jesus, confessing his Lordship with your mouth and believing with your heart that He came to die for your sins. However, Christianity is a way of life founded on the roots of love and compassion for humanity. For it is by grace we have been saved, and not our works, that we should boast off. Thus the concept of grace itself is a gift.
Spiritual gifts are given by God mainly to edify the church and propagate this word; thus, you are likely to lose if gift if you stray away from either his word or the Christian community. Because we are vessels in the hands of the Potter, he chooses whether He should mend us into that of gold, clay or wood. Also, he expects us to honour him with our gifts if we expect to receive more from him.
Spiritual gifts reflect God’s supernatural ability to show up in our lives in various ways. The gifts are predominantly ministry, manifestation and motivational gifts.
Gifts of ministry work with what believers do to serve others and meet their needs. This is how we minister and administer the love, grace and truth of God to others. The Bible provides a list of these ministering gifts and their purpose. This highlights the roles of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers in the church in propagating the knowledge of God.
Gifts of manifestation are given for the common good of Christians. To one there is given a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge, to another faith by the same Spirit, to others miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues. All these work for the good of all Christians.
Gifts of motivation are how the spirit of grace moves through us motivating our words and actions. This guides the perspective with which we relate consciously with others. If your gifts are to serve, then serve. If it is teaching, then teach. If it is to encourage then give encouragement, If it is giving, then give generously. If it is to lead, do it diligently.
Gifts are great, but it is more important to know how to love God. We live because he loved us first, and without love, all the actions supposed to be gifts would be empty.
Have a blessed day!