From Pastor Davies – 3/7
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul talks about spiritual gifts. He says that the same Spirit gives gifts and that each person is given gifts. These are gifts (abilities, talents) to be used for the “common good.” In other words, these gifts empower us for service in the church and world.
All too often spiritual gifts can be left lying in the corners of our lives. They are wondrous gifts. They could really make a difference in the world. They could be unwrapped and used to enrich the ministry of the church.
I am constantly amazed how gifted every Christian is. Almost daily I discover some gifts in persons that I was unaware of, and maybe they were too. That is very much the task I see for myself and all pastors. Our job is not to do ministry in place of the laity but to help them discover and use their gifts for ministry. We are gift scouts, like talent scouts, always on the lookout for God’s gifted people.
The mission of the church is an immense one. It is too great for any one person or even a dozen. The gifts of every member of the church family are needed. Can you imagine what would happen in the life of our church if all our members claimed and unwrapped all their gifts?
Each of us, from the oldest to the youngest, has gifts for ministry. Some, we have claimed and use. Others still lie unclaimed in the corners of our lives. I challenge you, and myself, to pick up our gifts, to claim them, to unwrap and use them. The unusual thing about the gifts God gives is that the only way to truly receive them is to give them away.