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Friday, September 20 2019
We all have gifts. Every believer has at least one gift (1 Corinthians 12:6-7, 11). All believers are to evaluate themselves in terms of their God-given gifts (Romans 12:3). Our gifts are different and serve a specific purpose in our lives and in the lives of others. We may share similar gifts, but each of us has a gift that is suited for a particular purpose in our lives.
The gifts may be organized in several ways. Here is the most common grouping.
Establishing Gifts (Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:29): Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists, and Pastor-Teachers. These gifts are used primarily for planting and growing churches.
Supporting Gifts (Romans 12:6-8): Prophecy, Service, Teaching, Encouragement, Giving, Administration/Leadership, and Mercy. These gifts are used primarily to organize and administrate the church so that it may best carry out its responsibilities.
Ministry Gifts (1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 27-31): Wisdom, Knowledge, Faith, Healing, Miracles, Prophecy, Helps, Administration, Leadership, Distinguishing Spirits, Speaking in Tongues, and Interpreting Tongues. These are the tools that the Holy Spirit utilizes for the ongoing ministry of the church.
It often takes time for gifts to mature and develop into their full effectiveness. Spiritual gifts come "in the rough." Every believer is obligated to mature his/her gift. Each Christian should have an opportunity to use his/her gifts interdependently with others. But, that does not mean you should jump into every situation and opportunity to display your gifts.
Your gifts are specifically suited and assigned for particular tasks. Just because you have the gift of preaching doesn't mean you have the gift of speaking as well. You may not be effective as a motivational speaker if you are a doom and gloom preacher. You may be gifted in service, but maybe you can't be an usher, because you have bad feet. See, just because you have it, doesn't mean it is for you to use it. There may be someone else who is better gifted with the same gift for that purpose. Your purpose will come at another time or place. And your control of your gifts (or lack of) will be made known by God. For as much as you try to display them, they will not be received with the grace and mercy they should if it is not for you to be the giver at that moment.
Minister Cheryl Moore
Sunday, September 01 2019
For most people, their church is an extension of their home. People often feel tied to a church. Maybe you grew up in it. Perhaps you searched it out and found what you were looking for. Maybe you married into it. Whatever the reason was that you started going...is the feeling still the same or are you staying out of obligation?
It could be you...you're not taking your religion as seriously as you used to. You might feel that you've tried to get your church to shift direction or try something different and they were unwilling, unable, unaccepting or unyielding.
It could be them...appointing people to positions - people who are not doing things in and for the church, people who have no knowledge of what the position entails, or people, who once they get there, just sit and wait for their time to be done. Maybe there are too many ministries and no ministering. Or perhaps they are too rigid in the ways of the old and not adapting to changing times or generations.
So here is some literal food for thought.
If you went to a restaurant and the service was bad and the food was terrible, and you went back a couple times more hoping for change - but there was none, would you continue to go back?
Well, sometimes that's how you need to treat your church. Loyalty has no place in your spirituality. Your spirit needs to be fed continuously, it needs nurturing, and love and room to expand. If you are going to church week after week and being starved, stifled or stunted then it's time to decide if this is the table you need to sit at. Is your faithfulness to the church or to the Lord?
What is it that you need to be spiritual nourished? Happiness? Support? Meditation? Knowlege? Love?
What ever it is...it needs to be prepared and presented correctly. It needs to be cleansed, seasoned, and organized. Then it needs to be laid out in an appealing and appeasing manner. It needs to look good on the plate and on the table. It needs to be easy to swallow and go down smoothly. It needs to tantalize, vitalize and utilize your senses, your motives and your spirit.
And those who are preparing it need to have knowledge, know how and knifing skills - so they can cut out and cut around the unesscessary and serve only the finest cuts.
And those who are serving it, need to be ushering, attending, welcoming and acknowledging. They need to know how to portion, pour and plate. They need to know when to fill, when you are full and when to overflow.
Nobody eats at a poorly rated restaurant, and the house your attend, or the table you sit at for you spirituality should be the same.
What's Being Served at Your Table?
Minister Cheryl Moore