All believers receive spiritual gifts at the time of salvation. Do you know your spiritual gifts and are you using them for God’s glory?
Do you know your spiritual gifts?
2 Chronicles 13 & 14
Different Gifts & Strengths
In Acts 15.37-41 Paul and Barnabas disagreed over whether or not to take John Mark with them on their second missionary journey—so much so that they split up and go two separate ways.
God gifts us all differently and sometimes we will disagree on things even in areas of ministry. I imagine Paul as being very practical. John Mark had deserted them on the previous journey and he wanted someone he knew would be dependable.
Barnabas, however, was an encourager. In fact, Barnabas was not his real name. His name was Joses, but he was such an encourager that the apostles nicknamed him Barnabas which means “Son of Encouragement” (Acts 4.36). God used their differences to further spread the gospel as two missionary teams went out with their different styles and callings.
All believers receive a spiritual gift or, perhaps, we might call it a gifting as it is often a blend of spiritual gifts in varying amounts (1 Pet. 4.10, 1 Cor. 12). We receive it at the time of our conversion. This spiritual gifting is unique to us and different from our natural talents, although they sometimes work together. Spiritual gifts are not given to make us look good or to use for our own spiritual gain, but for the benefit of the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12.7).
Just as all the parts of the human body are important, so is each spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12). And rather than envying someone else’s gift, we should seek to understand and use our own in a way that brings God glory and benefits others.
What about You?
Do you know what your spiritual gift(s) are? Are you serving God and blessing others through those gifts? One of the best ways to discover your gifting is to get in motion; volunteer in some ministry and see how God uses you. Another tool is a spiritual gifts assessment. If you’re interested, you can find a free one here.
Today’s Other Readings:
2 Chronicles 13 & 14:
With Many or With Those Who Have No Power
In these and the next two chapters we have the history of Abijah and Asa, two good kings over Judah. God gave both great military victories because they relied on Him against great odds. Unfortunately, we will see in tomorrow’s reading that Asa didn’t finish so well. At the end of his life and reign he chose to rely on the help of man, in this case the Syrians, instead of crying out to God as in the past. But in today’s reading we see great examples of what God will do when we put our faith and trust in Him.
11 And Asa cried out to the LORD his God, and said, “LORD, it is nothing for You to help, whether with many or with those who have no power; help us, O LORD our God, for we rest on You, and in Your name we go against this multitude. O LORD, You are our God; do not let man prevail against You!”
There are times when we feel completely overwhelmed, like we have no power! The odds are not in our favor! Have you been there or are you there now? I know I have! In fact, in all honesty, I’ve had some of those feelings lately!
But as I read that passage this morning, I felt the Lord speaking to me, reminding me that I can rest in Him. The battle is His!
What encouragement have you received, lately, as you’ve read the Word?
Or maybe, you desperately need to hear from the Lord! Share your thoughts in the comments section below. I’d love to pray for you and, possibly, offer some encouragement!
Sing, Shout, Clap, & Make a Joyful Noise
Frequently in the psalms we see the use of music and singing as a means of praising and worshiping the Lord. In various places we are encouraged to sing, shout, clap, and make a joyful noise. This can be part of our private worship, as well as, our corporate worship.
Try introducing music into your daily devotional time and make the time of corporate worship a priority this Sunday. Listen to the words of the songs. What biblical truths are being celebrated? What attributes of God can you meditate on through the songs?
I do want to add that music is not the only way we worship. In fact, everything we do is an act of worship: how we treat our spouse, what kind of employer or employees we are, how we speak to our children and others, how we dress, everything is an act of worship. We are either glorifying God or glorifying someone or something else.
Overcome Evil with Good
Verse 22, “Do not say, ‘I will recompense evil’; Wait for the LORD, and He will save you.”
Paul said it this way in Romans 12:
17 Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men. 18 If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men. 19 Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. 20 Therefore
“ If your enemy is hungry, feed him;
If he is thirsty, give him a drink;
For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.”
21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Praying More Effectively:
When I read the many prayers in the Bible, like Asa’s in 2 Chronicles 14.11, I find it encouraging and convicting at the same time. How about you? Does it motivate you to pray more effectively?
You might want to check out these posts to read more about prayer: “An Outline for Prayer,” “Is Prayer Your Last Resort?,” “Journal Prompts for Your Prayer or Scripture Journaling,” and “How Uses Imperfect People.”
Blessings in the Lord,
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