Have you ever received a gift you didn’t like?
At one time or another, we have all received gifts that we didn’t like very much. But if you’re a follower of Jesus Christ, the gift God has for you is a perfect gift that you’ll never want to return.
Therefore, you need to receive the gift and then develop and use that gift for the glory of God. This happens through the church.
I thank God for the church. I know we’re not perfect, but we’re still the best thing going. There’s nothing like the church. And let’s remember that Jesus started the church.
In a technical sense, it’s an organization, but it’s actually a family. As believers, as members of the family, we each have a role. Even when we can’t meet in person, we need the church, and the church needs us. It’s here that we discover and develop our spiritual gifts that we can use for God’s glory.
However, there’s a difference between spiritual gifts and natural abilities. We are all born with certain abilities. Some people are naturally athletic while others are artistic or have musical talent.
Some people are good at details or good at crunching numbers, but everyone is born with certain abilities and talents that God gave them. Although, there’s a difference between God-given talents and spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit.
Here’s what the Bible says in Romans: “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well” (12:4–6 NLT).
We are not all the same. Aren’t you glad of that? And we all have a part to play through the church with our spiritual gifts.
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