Spiritual Gifts 2

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ,”

Ephesians 4:11-12 ESV

God says we have been given spiritual gifts. What are we to make of this? How do we accept by faith something we may have never seen? Wait a minute, isn't that how faith works? We accept what God says before we can necessarily see the fruit of his promises. The first step is not to experience God's gifts, it is to accept them by faith. When it comes to our salvation those two steps happen simultaneously, yet this is not the case with understanding our giftedness. 

God promises that his children through their connection with him will be equipped with gifts which the church needs to grow and mature. If we are not walking by faith and engaging God through a personal relationship with him the discussion about spiritual gifts is indeed irrelevant. Once we are walking with God in relationship, then discovering our gifts is the next step. Discovering our particular calling and the ways in which we will engage our talents to accomplish it is exciting. For some it may involve a dramatic shift in their career, for most it will require viewing their work place through new eyes.

God has called you to experience his love through a daily conversation and relationship. Through this relationship God desires to reveal your life's mission. He desires to awaken you to the passions he has placed within you for blessing others in ways only your unique personality and gifts can. There is a more fulfilling life ahead of each of us, and it is found in better understanding our Heavenly Father and in turn ourselves. God can do more in you and through you than you could possibly imagine. Once you accept by faith that he has gifted you, talk to him and ask him to reveal to you how he has equipped you to build up his kingdom. This is a prayer he is eager to answer!

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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