Just like Jesus

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. – 1 Peter 3:8

 

There’s nothing like bringing the community together to practice the attributes of Jesus. Actually, it gives us opportunity to be Jesus to each other. My church had a community festival that went on for two days. There were representations from many cultures (love salsa music) and sharing of talents. Tae Kwon Do, dance, break dancing, cotton candy, hot dogs, large inflatable slides to play on, farm critters were on display and more. I think everyone had a great time and enjoyed the celebratory spirit of the event.

 

Any time that we are in contact with others is another opportunity to show the difference Jesus makes in our life. We could say it in words, but it wouldn’t make the impact as someone experiencing it when they connect with us. Jesus brings us to a whole new level of the spiritual gifts than we could do for ourselves. We are empowered to be like Christ … if we choose to be.

 

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the great plans you have for me today … more than likely it will include relating to someone. I pray for your eyes to see that I can be like your son, Jesus, in all I say and do. Amen

 

Faith Tip: Choose now before you go out how you will relate with others … like Christ or not.

 

Gifts galore

Pile of gorgeous gifts

Pile of gorgeous gifts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit, especially prophecy.  For anyone who speaks in a tongue does not speak to people but to God. Indeed, no one understands them; they utter mysteries by the Spirit.  But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort. – 1 Corinthians 14:1-3

In spiritual assessment tests, I have many times had the gift of prophecy be included in my top three gifts. Does this mean I can tell the future? No. I think a clearer understanding may be found in the dictionary. Merriam-Webster defines prophecy as: 1) an inspired utterance of a prophet; 2) the function or vocation of a prophet; specifically: the inspired declaration of divine will and purpose; and 3) a prediction of something to come. I connect more with “an inspired utterance” or “the inspired declaration” and this can be seen and heard in my writing and speaking.

The important part though is finding our gifts and using them. God gave them to us with a purpose for his kingdom. Following God means to use our gifts … I think it is sin not to use them … a sin of omission. Of course, it all rests on the condition of our hearts. Do we go grudgingly to find out and use the gift God has given us or do we run free towards the gift like on Christmas morning?

Prayer: Dear Lord, I thank you for the gifts you have given me and the opportunities to use them. I pray that I do not take them for granted. Amen

Faith Tip: If you do not know what your special gift from God is yet, seek it out today. God gave it to you with a purpose. You are blessed to be a blessing.

 

What’s your gift?

The purpose of spiritual gifts

The purpose of spiritual gifts (Photo credit: bdentzy)

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. – Ephesians 2:8-9


I took a spiritual gift’s assessment the other day and faith was my top gift. I began to wonder what that meant and how it could be used for the kingdom. I know I have faith, but don’t all believers have it? What would make it numero uno on my list? So as I do often, I research on the Internet for more information. I came across a blog that had this definition: The gift of faith is the ability to envision what needs to be done and to trust God to accomplish it even though it seems impossible to most people.

Okay, I can see myself in that, but I also know that it is God who gave me the gift, along with the vision, and the experiences where I learned to trust him completely. It’s all God. 

What about your gifts? God created them in you for a purpose. Take a spiritual gift survey and find out how you might best serve God. Perhaps you already know and you’re waiting for the call and opportunity. Pray into that. God wants to use you. You will be blessed by it.

Prayer: All praise to you, Jesus, for the gifts you have given me. I pray that I continue to point to you in my manner whenever the gift is acknowledged for it is truly all yours. Amen

Faith Tip: Find a spiritual gift assessment to take on-line, or ask your pastor for one.

We win!

Pedicure Day

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, – Philippians 2:1-3

A few years ago, my name was drawn winning gift certificates as local stores involved in the open house drawing. It was very exciting to receive the phone call. In fact, I wasn’t home and my husband took the message and I didn’t believe him at first. When I realized it was for real, I went to the store to collect the certificates. It would have been fine using the certificates myself, but it was a lot more fun taking friends and family to enjoy them with me. I was blessed with the prizes, and was able to bless others with it, which blessed me. This is a wonderful cycle of blessing.

In the same way, the blessings we receive from Christ would be great for us alone, but it is so much better to share them with others. Because of the special spiritual gifts such as the fruit of the Spirit, we are called to use those gifts to bring others closer to God. Didn’t Jesus put us before himself in going to the cross? Could we mirror that type of love for others? We are equipped to do so; we just need to make the choice.

Prayer: Jesus, thank you for showing me how to value others. I pray that the choices I make today reflect your great love. Amen

Faith Tip: Be intentional today in blessing others.

 

Togetherness

Worship BG - We Are The Body of Christ

For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. – Romans 12:4-5

I recently was the keynote speaker at a women’s event at our church. It was such a great day to gather with sisters in the Lord and talk about God while we served one another in “spa moments.” Events like this usually do not happen with one person … it takes a village. There were ladies especially gifted with food, decorating, administration, hospitality, communication, music and more that made the day so special.

It’s wonderful that we don’t have all the talents and spiritual gifts ourselves. Having a dependence on one another brings us together in unity which glorifies God. This is how the church is meant to operate. Our ultimate dependence is on God who will help us join together and complete the work he has set before us. I imagine this is the way it will be in heaven … doing things together for the glory of God.

Prayer: Lord, I love to work alongside with my brothers and sisters in projects you give us. Thank you for inviting me to be a part of the bigger picture. I pray that I will obey the call you give me. Amen

Faith Tip: Has God called you to be part of a project in the Body of Christ? Consider your talents and gifts that he has given you to bless others.