26th May 2012

The Only Sensible Response – Spiritual Gifts

“Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them:”
Romans 12:6 (NKJV)

After a sermon I once gave on spiritual gifts, a member came to me and said, “Mr. Stirk, I don’t think that I have any spiritual gift.”  Interestingly, within a short space of time, I was again in that same church and there was a little altercation between two members; the result of a little misunderstanding (as these things so often are), and guess who it was who poured oil on these troubled waters?  Yes, the person who had no spiritual gift!  This person was a peacemaker—their gift was one of the quiet, yet invaluable, gifts that often go unnoticed, in this case, even by the person who had the gift.

It is not uncommon for this to happen.  We live in a nation that takes delight in keeping people down, of not recognising good qualities in others.  Is this a kind of envy?  The upshot is that many never come to know the latent talents and abilities with which the Holy Spirit has blessed them.  Every good gift comes from God and is given to be a source of blessing to others.

But what has that got to do with us?

Well, we can often see in others what they cannot see in themselves, and when we see some quality or ability, we can certainly encourage that individual.  That will stir them to want to exercise their gift more, and the way with God is that there will be a blessing in it for them as well.  Conversely, it would be a travesty of the highest order to discourage someone or to put an obstacle in their way.  In fact we would be confounding God in his work, something that no sane Christian would even dream of doing.

God’s gifts are for the benefit of all, because ultimately all are his children.  We should join with God in his work and be a source of encouragement to each person to exercise the wonderful gift(s) that God has placed within them; and never, never be an obstacle to the work that God is doing in and through them.

Father in heaven, thank you for the wonderful array of gifts that you have bestowed upon your children.  Help me to know my gifts and use them for the good of all. Help me to encourage others to know and use their gifts, and I pray that I will never be a source of discouragement or become an obstacle to the work that you are doing through the gifts of others.

Study by David Stirk

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