Spiritual gifts (3)
Romans 12:1-8 is a great Scripture to read for getting perspective on this subject. For those of you who think that everyone should have a certain gift, I invite you to reread verse 6; “Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them.” The word “differ” means “different or varied”. God has varied the gifts in the body of Christ because there are different needs in the church and one gift will not meet all the needs. Whatever gift God has given you by His grace, use it in a way that reflects the Giver of the gift so that you minister to particular needs that only your gift can address.
Now, let’s look at the broader context of these verses. In verses one and two, Paul is exhorting us to “present our bodies”, the vessel or housing that contains the gift, “as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God”. How effective you are in using your gift is dependent on whether you have first given yourself to God as completely devoted to Him in service. By extension, the use of your gift becomes an act of spiritual worship if you have made the glorifying of God your first and highest priority. This means that any gift God has given us by His grace is never for personal gain or self-exaltation. We will discuss this more in following blogs.
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