God’s gifts are many and varied, spread all over creation with His lavish hand. In this post, I am going to focus a bit on spiritual gifts.
Often we Christians have this complex about spiritual gifts. Salvation, we say, is truly a good gift of God given to people who don’t deserve it. But spiritual gifts–we look askance at people who say they have this or that gift. Or if they say they want a certain gift. Aren’t they bragging and thinking about themselves too much?
Have you ever heard someone bragging about his salvation too much? The possibility strikes me as very strange. God is obviously the one who saves, not people.
In the same way, if you have a spiritual gift, it comes from God, and it is nothing to be ashamed of. He gave it to you because He loves you and wants you to use it.
Beyond that, did you know that it’s ok to desire a gift that you do not have? In fact, the Bible says you should!
But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
(1 Corinthians 12:31 ESV)
Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.
(1 Corinthians 14:1 ESV)
Sometimes it seems to me that we are fatalistic about our spiritual gifts. “Oh, I don’t have that gift, even though I wish I would, so I’ll just do with what I have.” We don’t try very hard at all to develop our gifts, because we think it’s completely out of our hands anyway and besides, it would be proud to focus on gifts too much.
What if we used the same fatalistic approach toward salvation? “Oh, I wish I could be saved, but since I don’t have that gift, I’ll have to get along the best I can.”
I think we are born with a special spiritual gift that is enlarged when we receive the Holy Spirit. We have different roles in God’s church, of course. But that does not mean that we are stuck with only one gift for every situation we encounter.
How many spiritual gifts do you not have, because you never asked?
Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
(Matthew 7:7 ESV)
God is a good Father, and He likes to give good gifts!
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
(Matthew 7:11 ESV)
Do you yearn to hear God’s voice, to live in the power of the Holy Spirit? Is there a spiritual gift you look at with deep longing, not because it would make you appear special, but because your heart is drawn to that gift?
Just ask Him!
He does give good gifts, doesn’t He?