Scriptural Readings: Psalms 46:1; Matthew 7:7-8; Matthew 6:33; Galatians 5:22-23; 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
A thing for sure is that having gifts thrills us a lot. We love surprises.
What is really wonderful being about Christians is that we are considered as children of God. Just as our earthly parents love to give us gifts so does our heavenly Father because He loves us!
46 v.1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
The first thing though, that we have to know and admit and is very important is that we are the creation. We are God’s children and being children in this world we will be having needs. We are weak and vulnerable. There are in particulars that we have to have. We will be having problems sooner or later. We need God.
Matthew v.7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
v.8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
What is wonderful about this is that our Father knew what we need. Aside from our prayers and supplications, He gives us gifts.
There are a lot of things that we have to look in to. What happens next? What have we done with God’s gift? Why do we still complain and ask for more? Did we ever ask why we need gifts? Do we need these gifts even if we are already old?
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Spiritual gifts are entirely different form materials things that we received from our earthly parents. Our earthly parents wants us to be happy with material things like money and all things that money can buy. It satisfies our earthly pleasure not His.
God’s gift, on the other hand is ours to use forever for His glorification. They are given to us so that we would be equipped with our spiritual lives. These gifts are given for us to open up and enrich our spiritual senses in order to know God and to be closer to Him.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
1 Corinthians 12:1-11
v.1 Now concerning spiritual [gifts], brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
v.2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
v.3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and [that] no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
v.4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
v.5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
v.6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
v.7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
v.8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
v.9 To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
v.10 To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another [divers] kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:
v.11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.
One or more of these gifts are freely given to us. It is a part of us that we have to use for the Body of Christ. Now there are more reasons why we have to be thrilled and be happy about having gifts.
Heavenly Father, we would never ask for more than having You as our Father. We long for your gifts. Let the Holy spirit fill us that we may continue to be your children and follow You. We pray in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Amen!