I sit down to write this after such an amazing night of worship, prayer and hearing God’s word. I am so on fire from the message God shared with us and I cannot wait to tell you all about it.
Tonight the Young Adults Pastor shared God’s message with us as we talked about the Spiritual gifts. I found the message so inspiring that I am hoping to catch parts of it in this blog post to share with all of you.
Let’s start by talking about a church in the Bible that had all of the Spiritual Gifts. They were so blessed with all the promises of God, yet this church that we read about in the 1st and 2nd Corinthians, the church of Corinth, was falling apart.
See this church was so full of the spiritual gifts that it became more about the gifts, and less about using them. Imagine an individual walking up to another and having this dialog. (Side Note: I am “borrowing” this from tonight’s sermon. A huge thank-you goes out to the person whom shared this with me in the first place!)
Sammy: Hey! I can speak in tongues, can you speak in tongues?
Riley: Ummm, no, no I can’t.
Sammy: Well, that’s too bad…. you know, if you loved Jesus enough, and if He loved you enough, than you could speak in tongues too.
Riley: (Looks sad, defeated, and no longer feeling the love of Christ).
The constant comparison of how many spiritual gifts each person had became more important than how they used these gifts.
1 Corinthians 13:8 (NIV)
8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.
Although these gifts are great, they won’t be here forever. When we are in heaven, the spiritual gift of prophecy will not be needed. The gift of wisdom will not be need. The gift of speaking in tongues; we will have no use for it.
We can learn a valuable lesson from the church of Corinth. Obviously, keeping these right mindset is a start, but not letting these gifts go to waste is a second. God gives us these gifts to use.
A conversation I had with someone after the sermon got me thinking. We were discussing Sunday’s sermon about giving. The sermon focused less on the concept of giving 10% of our earnings and more on giving what we feel God is leading us to give. Giving our talents, daily and willingly, rather than just giving a sum of money because we “have to.”
See giving money is great, and I am not discouraging it all. Giving our talents is great too. See God wants to work in our lives. Not just part of our lives, but all of them. In the conversation we were having, we were joking about what it would look like if we gave only 10% of our lives; 10% of ourselves each day. How would that look like? We laughed and said that on the days we are angry, we would give 10% of that anger to God. How great would it be though, if instead, we gave 100% of that anger. What if we gave it all to God and let Him work through us. (Tweet This). Imagine what that would look like on a day to day basis. Imagine what it would look like on the good days!
Take time today to pray and ask God to use you… All of you. I am sure it will lead to great things. So who’s with me? Who wants to give God 100% of yourself; 100% of your life? Let me know how it goes… I would love to hear about it!