Saturday, March 01, 2014

What's a spiritual gift, anyway?

Among churchgoers, a spiritual gift can be limited to a Bible list or an inventory.  I do not hold to this and let me tell you why.   When I switched my mental thinking from a churchgoer to Christ-liver, all of this vast world became a sanctuary of worship.  Afterall, Christ, himself, dwells in me according to Ephesians 2.  When I am a walking church, I don't get to chose what are my secular gifts and what are my spiritual gifts.  All gifts come under the banner of Christ.  It is not that He redeems the "insignificant" gifts and makes them oh, so "spiritual", rather my Creator has changed my view of the gifts he has given me entirely.  Everything I am is bound up in Christ.

I might have once felt the pressure to internally review myself and deem my gifts spiritually undersized.  Now I know that my God of abundance never sizes anything wrong.

Once, I willingly meandered into the dangerous territory where gift comparison is acceptable.   Snicklefritz has a better spiritual gift than mine.  Logic tells me God is unfair.  However, 1 Corinthians 12 tells me God distributes gifts as he sees fit. Whether I like it or not, God is not bound by my perception of him.   (I recall Snicklefritz was listed in the Galveston phone book. Sadly, I never did meet him.)

What happens when I slip back into taking personal ownership of a gift?  From life experience, I know I won't be fooled for long, nor is Scripture mocked.  Romans 7 is clear that there is nothing good in me.

Without the resurrection power of Jesus the gifts he has given me are dormant seeds or seeds that disappointedly sprout weeds.  When I want something beautiful to grow,  I need to be planted in the highest spiritual gift which is the presence of God.   He gives himself without measure and he offers himself to all.    He is the richest of soils, a wellspring of water, a garden sanctuary for those turmoiled by the question: "What is my spiritual gift?"  Listen closely.  Hear him whispering,  "Me."

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