35. Gifts of Grace

When the seal of the Holy Spirit is placed on us at salvation, spiritual gifts are given as well. At times in the New Testament these are referred to as gifts of grace. Some of them we might mistake as talents, while others are clearly spiritual.

The significance of spiritual gifts of grace over regular talents is the spiritual power behind them. They are powered by the Holy Spirit, God himself. That means nothing is impossible and, therefore, the impossible will happen if you allow God to work through you. Another thing you must recognize as different from genetic talents is that spiritual gifts should point to God, since He is the source.

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Each adopted child gets different gifts in accordance with what God knows would be best for him. In a parable, Jesus warns those who have been given less gifts to steward them well. (Matthew 25:14-30) Even though some may seem less significant, every gift is valuable and should be treated responsibly.

And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Ephesians 4:11-14

While this passage does not include all the gifts it does point out a goal we have been given- to build up the Church. This is the main thing we should use our gifts of grace for, which ultimately glorifies God. It could be teaching a Bible study, writing a blog, encouraging brothers and sisters in Christ, serving at a church event… Only God knows the specific ways that He intends for you to help build up the Bride of Christ. So ask Him how to respond!

The second thing the gifts of grace are intended to do is equip us to reach out to those who have not met Jesus. This is the great commission every Christian has been handed. Whether is be street, relationship, or serving evangelism, there is some way God has gifted you to reach out to people who are still in the dark. As I said before, there are as many ways to respond as there are gifts given, so asking for direction is the best choice here as well.

Do not neglect the gift you have… Practice these things, immerse yourself in them, so that all may see your progress. 1 Timothy 4:14-15

Spiritual gifts are grace in that God is working through us. But, we must ask how He wants us to use these gifts and then surrender wholeheartedly to that plan. Only then we will see God do the impossible through us.

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