THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS

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“I will pour out my Spirit upon all people”, Joel 2:28 NIV.

Today’s article is about Spiritual gift or God’s gifts to us all. We see people ministering or exhibiting their gifts and I want you to know that, sitting on the pews every Sabbath and offering claps and shouts of praise does not imply that you do not have a gift from the Spirit as a believer. Let’s look at the parable of the Three Servants in Matthew 25:14-28 (Please do well to read it).

So, we have a Master embarking on a long journey. As he was about to set off, He delivered to his own servants his goods. He gave one five talents, another two and the other one. He gave to each of them according to his abilities. Upon His return on taking accounts, the one with five traded five more, the other with two traded and earned two more. However, the one with just one, dug a hole a kept it in. He infuriated the master and was casted into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth because even if the talent was kept in the bank, he would have yielded some interest. And this parable told by our Lord Jesus was compared to the kingdom of God at hand.

A parable is a simple story used to illustrate a moral/spiritual lesson, as told by Jesus in the Gospels. The parables are for knowledge and understanding of spiritual matters especially the kingdom of God. When I read this parable, I knew it was a message to me.  Then again, I needed a deeper understanding than what it literally implies. And the simple understanding the Spirit offered me was my works on earth. Simple. That was the only understanding I gained. And I believe if it’s for me as a child of God, then it’s for the brethren as well.

The parable didn’t reveal any standards for becoming a servant of the master but the scripture elaborates how we become disciples of Jesus Christ. How we become servants of the Lord and Master Jesus, serving Him through one another here on earth.

Acts 2:38

“Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 8:11

“But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you”. 

Therefore, it is through rebirth into Christ would you become a disciple of the Lord Jesus. That is the only criteria. And so Jesus is the only access to the Holy Spirit. Jesus charged His disciples with a rescue task in Matthew 28:19. And so in the book of Acts, we see the Lord building His church through the disciples with the support of the designated helper, the Holy Spirit. Many teachings, healings, charity works were done to build the church. This didn’t just happen right after Christ’s ascension but after the baptism of the Holy Spirit. They were each given gifts to fit in the ministries they could partake.  Thus, the spiritual gifting are for the edification of the church. The Spiritual gifts are:

Administration, Apostleship, Counsel, Discernment, Distinguishing of Languages, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith, Giving, Healing, Help, Interpretation of Tongues, Knowledge, Leadership, Mercy, Miracles, Pastor, Prophecy, Service, Speaking in Tongues, Teaching, Understanding, Wisdom and many more(Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Peter 4). The Lord’s power can never be limited. He has a slot for you in His vineyard.

I knew this parable is for me. It was challenging and depressing for me to identify what role I had to play in Matthew 28:19. How do I help in edifying the church? I was able to come across writing/teaching the word. I doubted my ability but the Spirit offered to me according to my ability. And I believe there are more to discover. As I live now, aside obeying the word, I am aware of what to do in the Lord’s vineyard and I will have to account for it. You have your gifts as I do have mine and we will all have to account for them. That shouldn’t scare us for we weren’t given the Spirit of fear.

The gifts are for:

  1. Edifying the church.

If you do not build yourself up, how can you build another person? So we start with engaging the Holy Spirit and develop ourselves as we are transformed us into His glorious image. That is the stepping stone. Surrender and you’ll be able to serve selflessly.

  1. Equipping the saints for the work of ministry.

We are all many parts in one body, the body of Christ which is the church. It is requisite to have the parts working together differently. Just as illustrated in 1 Corinthians chapter 12, if the whole body were an eye, how would the body hear? And no one can say Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. Meaning, we should understand and recognize the source of our gifts, appreciating the variations and focus on the goal/ purpose of these gifts. So far as we all have the same Spirit working in us, we should heed to His bidding and work in the vineyard according to our gifts/roles.

  1. Knowledge of the Son of God.

The Spirit given to us is the Spirit of truth and where this Spirit is there is liberty. You are free from doubts, fears, and lies. To prevent us from being swayed by lies and tossed to and fro were we gifted with this intelligible friend. He teaches us the truth. So, we have the gifts of truth manifesting among us in the various gifts, offering unto to us a clearer picture and understanding of the Son of God and an increase in our faith so we mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full standard of Christ (Ephesians 4: 13).

  1. Behaving like Christ (Romans 12:9).

So it all goes back to building of the church; you (the individual church), the positioned church (church building/place of worship) and the fellowship church (brethren) that in all things God may be glorified.

In the parable, some servants traded their talents. How much are you trading your talents? How much are you stirring up your gifts of fanning them into flames? Or would you rather keep them hiding until the arrival of the Lord Jesus? It is a different thing having access to the Spirit and His gifts and it is another thing engaging them.

“Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. Not Ashamed of the Gospel”. 2 Timothy 1: 6 -7.

We keep the gifts ablaze when we acknowledge the fact that we are spiritually gifted to serve the church, having the courage to hang on to the truth and not scurrying away from it when temptations and trials befall us. We do not give room to our fellow believers to obstruct us but showing them deep love as we encourage and assist them to grow in the faith. And our faith springs as the power of the Spirit accompanies us when we boldly and loudly proclaim the Gospel of Jesus. Whatever task you are given, the power of the Spirit will accompany you to accomplish it. Just as the two servants persevered and worked hard for their master in his absence, so do we have to fan into flames our spiritual gifts for the master is coming quickly to give to each and every one rewards according to their works.

Persevere and boldly work in the Lord’s vineyard and one day you will receive the reward of eternity in the kingdom of God as a faithful servant on earth. That was Apostle Paul’s goal and that should be our goal.

May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all.

As always, Jesus loves you.

Stay safe, share the Word and spread love.

Bless y’all.

#workingyoursalvationhereonearth

3 Thoughts to “THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS”

  1. Akpalu Francis

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