“Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father”
– James 1:17 NLT
Ten to fifteen years ago, mobile phones came “empty” except with only basic in-built apps like contacts, calls, messaging, etc. Today, phones come in loaded to such an extent that even geeky users do not get to explore all the apps (some still do actually).
However, the point of this analogy is the relevance of spiritual gifts in our day. As we continue to examine the concept of spiritual gifts, we see that all the gifts mentioned in the scripture are not only relevant but accruable to believers. They are not “for fancy”.
The reason this point must be emphasized is the likelihood for some believers to read about the gifts of the Spirit in 1 Corinthians 12, especially verses 7-11 and subconsciously exclude themselves from receiving it.
The moment you got saved, you received the Holy Spirit as a pre-loaded package. The fact that you are not aware of the abilities available by the Spirit in you does not mean they don’t exist.
As a modern-day believer, especially with the clear understanding that spiritual gifts are the various expressions of God in our day, our disposition must be to plug in joyfully as God’s vessels. This means that you understand that God designed these gifts for the good and edification of the church. Not for selfish use but to build up and encourage other believers. (Ephesians 4:7, 1 Peter 4:10).
So, when you have the mindset of a vessel used by God for the uplifting of the church in your day, it helps you open yourself to receive these gifts so that you can contribute.
The Bible, especially the New Testament, is replete with the point that everyone ought to get involved in the work of ministry. So, your gifts are for the benefit of others. (Romans 12:5, Ephesians 4:12).
Look around you! What if a brother or sister can do with your word of knowledge? What if your exhortation is what your local church needs at this time? What if your fervency in tongues is the spark the person beside you needs to develop their tongues gift? We can go on and on,1 but the point is that the gift you received must be put to use so that the church can remain formidable.
Paul writes powerfully in 1 Corinthians 14:26 when he painted this picture:
“What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up.” (NIV)
Keep this picture in mind constantly and you will always be grateful for the gift of God which is displayed in your life.
Bible Reading Plan: Exodus 37-40