I want to start this series with the most basic, but critical principle, that spiritual gifts are given by God, not produced by man. No amount of human education, status or position in any organization confers a spiritual gift to anyone. Paul says in Romans 12:6 that “gifts differ according to the grace given to us”. It is the grace of God that has given each of us a gift(s) and they will differ from one person to another. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 clearly shows that the Holy Spirit is the source of spiritual gifts given in the body of Christ.
In Ephesians 4:11, Paul gives a little different perspective on the gifts. They are given by Christ, the one who descended and “ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things. And He gave,….” and then lists five specific gifts (4:10-11). In my mind’s imagination, I think of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit planning before the foundations of the world each person who will be brought into the church through Christ and the specific gift they will need to fulfill their call and purpose.
How do you look at your gift? Do you see it as a divine gift for a divine purpose to bring glory to God, now and for eternity? Are you using your gift so that Christ is “filling all things” in your life and in those you ministry to?
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