All too often I think we overly mystify the Holy Spirit Himself, and as a result, we overly mystify the gifts of the Spirit.
Although it’s a very simple thing. First, we ask God to fill us with His Spirit. Then we ask Him to reveal to us what our gifts are.
The apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth, “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant” (1 Corinthians 12:1 NKJV).
This is still a problem today. There’s a lot of ignorance about spiritual gifts.
Whether this is because we neglect our spiritual gifts or don’t understand them, we miss out on them. Maybe one reason is that we’ve seen excess in this area, causing us to recoil.
People sometimes do rather strange things in the name of the Holy Spirit. So we say, “Well, I don’t want that in my life.”
Yet, every believer has been given gifts of the Spirit if he or she is filled with the Spirit.
Jesus said, “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!” (Luke 11:13 NKJV).
God goes out of His way to find the most unexpected instruments to use for His glory. That includes you. He has given you spiritual gifts. Maybe you’ve never discovered them, so you need to start praying about what they are.
Make an effort, and see what you can do for God’s glory. Because the church needs you, and you need the church. We’re a family, though not a perfect one.
So, find your place, and when you do you’ll find that church will change radically for you.
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