ZBC ZOOM - Zion Online Outreach Ministry
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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