Some Assembly Required
Some assembly required. To make them usable, you must put together many things that arrive in cardboard boxes. You also own tools that can do far more than you ask of them. I use less than five percent of Microsoft Office’s potential. I periodically get updates about new functions this computer software can perform when I do not use 95 percent of what it can already do!
Some assembly required also applies to spiritual gifts. Your effort and attitude affect whether God’s gift in you will be fully functional. If you do not develop it or are afraid to use it, it will gather dust in a forgotten corner of your life, and you will not make the difference you could have. The Apostle Paul did not want that to happen to his disciple Timothy. He wrote, “Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you (1 Timothy 4:14, NIV). Again, he wrote, “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline” (2 Timothy 1:6-7, NIV). It is possible to neglect developing and using your gift.
Timothy knew God’s gift to him. You might not know yours. He had to overcome his natural fear and fan the glowing coals of the gift into full flame. You might have to discover your gift before you can develop and boldly use it. If you are following Jesus, you have at least one spiritual gift. “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10, NIV). It will take time and effort to discover and develop it. Whatever gift you become aware of, you must depend on God’s power, love, and self-discipline so it bears its intended fruit. For direction in discovering your gift, see Becoming an Enthusiastic Church -- Chapter 7, beginning on page 98. #freechristiandiscipleshipresources #freeevangelismresources #freechristianleadershipresources #spiritualgifts
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