Apr. 28th, 2010
Rom. 12:6-8 In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach
well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
The subject of spiritual gifts has always intrigued me. Probably partly at least because I’m part of a denomination (United Methodist) that doesn’t focus much on gifts, and partly because I’ve been given the opportunity to experience, learn and teach about spiritual gifts most of my ministry/life. I’m saddened that the discussion of Spiritual Gifts gets often lost in the controversies around the gift of tongues. It is a legitimate gift, but gets way too much (negative) attention, and has caused way too much division between believers and churches. I don’t know if the divisions are as ever-present today as they were 20 years ago, and that might be good.
I believe at the core of who I am lies the gift of serving. I’d rather be cooking, serving and washing dishes in the kitchen than just about anything. I enjoy my preaching/teaching roles, but I love to serve. I love meeting the practical needs of others. As I get older and have more financial freedom, I’m enjoying the gift of giving more, but it seems to me that my main motivation in life is to try and help serve people. You can call it servant leadership if you like, but I’m just glad God wired me up to love and enjoy serving. I’m sure that it comes partly from being raised on a farm, and partly from having a bit of a loner/shy personality. I enjoy fixing things, I enjoy building things, I enjoy getting dirty. I know that each of these 7 mentioned gifts must be operational in my life at times and in specific ways, but I also know that at my core is to be a servant. I think I’m in good company.