Monday, November 08, 2010

What gift has Jesus given me?

A week ago Adrian Holloway spoke to our church and in passing mentioned that our gifting is often related to 'the phone call that we can take when we're exhausted that fills us with life'. Stu recalled this yesterday and said that a similar question to ask is, 'what books am I reading?'

Doing what God has for us do to might not improve our life. In The World Needs More Apostles PJ Smyth cites Barney Coombes on apostles, the gift Paul tends to list 'first' for the church:
“Let me give you a biblical picture of an apostle: he is a weak little chap with a poor voice (2 Corinthians 10:10), a jailbird (Acts 16:23). He looks under-nourished and his clothing is disreputable (1 Corinthians 4:11). If you look at his hands, they are stained and cracked by the hard work of softening skins and sewing them into tents, for that is his livelihood (Acts 18:3). At times he is very ill, even despairing of life (2 Corinthians 1:8-11; Galatians 4:13; 2 Corinthians 11:30). Perhaps these infirmities have come from the terrible sufferings which he has undergone (2 Corinthians 11:23-28)”.
It seems wise to look at our natural and supernatural strengths (Strengths are not just what we're good because strengths often need to be developed, a better question is: what gives you life?). Biblical gifting a matter of grace given to us by Jesus, and is something to be content in and ambitious, content to be who we are but ambitious for the body - and to exercise whatever gifts will most build the body. Purpose and goal really matter more than which part we particularly play in the whole.

Gifting is probably most often recognised rather than assumed. The Christian who is secure in the gospel will be able to ask others: what are my gifts, and how do I need to grow? (An evidence of immaturity would be not asking either part of that question.)

And then gifts are to be used rather than left wrapped up and hidden away.

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