Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Convo with Pastor - 1 Corinthians 12:1,4,7


Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers and sisters,
I do not want you to be uninformed.
There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit
for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:1,4,7
 
People are shocked and amazed. They constantly tell me, "I don't know how you do it. I don't know how you remember everybody's name."
 
But here's the shocking part: "I am actually lousy at remembering names!"
 
It's been that way all my life. If I meet someone at Robbie's football practice, for example, I won't remember it for two seconds! But something amazing happened my first Sunday in my first church. Names and families were suddenly woven into my heart and mind like a tapestry.
 
That's not me. That's God! It's a spiritual gift, breathed by the Spirit, for upbuilding of the church.
 
Our spiritual gifts do not necessarily match our abilities in the world. Imagine a person's who's least likely professional job would be to teach. Their brain, for example, may not remember one fact well enough to convey it to a third-grader. But teaching about God and faith is about much more conveying information. St. Peter put it this way, "always be ready ... give an account for the hope that is in you ... with gentleness and reverence." The best Christian teachers are those who love the Lord and love his children and are willing to tell of the hope, joy, and faith within them."
 
What is the gift that comes more naturally to you in the church than in the world?
 
In Christ's Love,
a guy that can't remember
his own name some mornings
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That is a very interesting concept. What is a gift that comes more naturally in the church than in the world? It is actually something that I have been fighting against. Telling God and others that I DON"T do that! What is it? Public speaking. However, I have willingly spoken in front of crowds at church. More than once. In fact, I am attending a conference in a couple of weeks to learn how to develop my skills as a public speaker.

Is this a gift I would have developed for something worldly? No.
But it is a gift that I know God has given me and that I need to hone to share his love, grace and mercy.

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