In 2 Timothy, Paul told Timothy to “fan into flame the gift of God” he had received. Apparently, Timothy was a bit timid with his gift. If Pastor Timothy needed that reminder, we do too! It’s easy to get confused about gifts though, because typically, when you receive a gift, it’s only for you. Spiritual gifts work differently though – they are for you for the benefit of others.
Here are a couple things to keep in mind when it comes to your gift and its usage in the body of Christ…
Honor the Giver by using the gift.
In 1 Peter 4, as Peter writes on the topic of spiritual gifts, he assumes people will use their gifts. An unused gift dishonors the one who gave the gift. 1 Peter 1:6 mentions people being grieved by various trials, but then he mentions that we are stewards of God’s varied grace. When you pair your gift with someone else’s grief, you get a glimpse of the purpose of your gift!
God gives the gift as well as the power to use the gift.
1 Peter 4:11 groups all spiritual gifts into just two categories: speaking and serving. He says, “whoever speaks, as one who speaks the oracles of God, whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies.” By God’s grace, He didn’t not just give the gift, but also the power we need to use the gifts! When we serve in our own strength, we limit our reach and longevity, but by allowing God’s power to work through us, we reach further and last longer!
The goal of our gifts is the glory of God.
In 1 Peter 4, when he calls us “stewards,” he is likening each Christian to a household manager who has no wealth of their own, but has been entrusted with oversight and distribution of the owner’s wealth. That is our job description with the gifts we’ve been given. And since “gift” and “grace” come from the same root word, it should remind us that our gifts we unearned and unmerited. We are not the stars or the heroes, we are the servants and the helpers. It’s God’s story, and by His grace, we get to play a small part, “in order that in everything God may be glorified.”
We were all born with natural talents and abilities, but if you know Jesus, you were born again with a spiritual gift. Don’t let it die out. Fan the flame.
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