115. Spiritual Gifts: An Introduction

Note from The Storyteller:  If you have not read entries 1-114, don’t hesitate doing that because Stan has some insight that may help you.  All of the entries can be found at the following website:  https://www.waiting4thetrain.com/.  Also, feel free to forward this email to everyone you think would be interested in reading this blog.

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“How was the church service yesterday?” Stan asked me one Monday morning.

“It was fine, but the pastor’s message bothered me a bit.”

“In what way?” Stan asked.

“He was talking about spiritual gifts.  How we all have spiritual gifts.”

“Why did that bother you?”

“I don’t think I have any spiritual gifts.  I think I was absent the day God handed them out.”

“I can relate to that better than you can ever imagine,” Stan replied.  “For way too long I was a spectator observing others exercise their spiritual gifts.”

Continuing, he said, “When I was in my first serious Bible study class, I was very reluctant to say anything because I was certain I had nothing of value to offer.”

“Over time, God made it clear to me that He had gifted me with the ability to see Biblical truth and explain it in ways that others may not see.  And that it could help them in their understanding by looking at things a little differently.”

“But,” I asked, “how did you ever discover that?”

“First of all, I had to accept as a fact that everyone has spiritual gifts, even me.”

“Secondly, I needed to listen to God and have the courage to step out.”

“I remember very well the first time I was in a Bible study class and I spoke about something I saw in a particular passage of the Bible.  No one in the class saw it the way I did and several people said they really appreciated my perspective.”

“That was a breakthrough for me.”

“Anything else?” I asked.

“Yes, and this one is real important,” Stan replied.  “A spiritual gift becomes even greater the more it is exercised.  Spiritual exercise is just like physical exercise.  More is better.”

“One other thing,” Stan concluded, “the subject of spiritual gifts is big and very important.  We will re-visit it and focus on it some more as we move on down the road.”

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As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.  1 Peter 4:10.

Prayer:  Thank you, Lord, for providing spiritual gifts for each of us to use in helping to build and expand your church.  It is Satan’s desire that I not know or exercise the gifts you have provided.  Please help me be totally open and sensitive  to what you have for me to be and to do, and help me not to be intimidated into silence and inaction.  Thank you I can and do come before you in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

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