God’s Gift to Humanity

Hebrews 5:11-12 NLT -  There is much more we would like to say about this, but it is difficult to explain, especially since you are spiritually dull and don’t seem to listen. 12 You have been believers so long now that you ought to be teaching others. Instead, you need someone to teach you again the basic things about God’s word.

1 Peter 4:10-11 NLT - God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen. 

Romans 12:3-8 NIV - We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. 

God has specially gifted every Christian for the purpose of blessing others.  When we become flooded with the cares of life or are uncertain why God put us on earth, there’s a risk of becoming lethargic.  Lethargy is simply a state in which we lack energy and enthusiasm.  If the joy of the Lord is our strength and zeal for God fuels excellent service, lethargy is mental cancer for the Christian.  King David is a prime example of one who had to learn to encourage and energize himself in the gifts God gave him. More than having simple tasks or volunteer work to do, we have a divine calling.  Seeking God, discovering our gifts, and doing good - this pattern fights off lethargy and helps us to make a difference in the lives of others.  What areas of serving God and others make you come most alive?  Is there a God-gift you exercised in the past but have allowed to lie dormant?  Can you think of a few times in which you know God used you - your personality, your skills, your gifting - to “make a real difference” in someone’s situation?  If you are unsure of what your gifts are, will you pray for God to reveal them to you?

1 Timothy 4:14-16 NIV - Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you.15 Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. 16 Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.