When A Gift Becomes A Gift

“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.”

Romans 12:6-8

This might seem like a silly question to ask you but here goes. When does a gift become a gift? Most people I have asked that question through the years responded, “when you give it away”. Thats it! A gift doesn’t become a gift until we give it away. Understand then that spiritual gifts are given to every believer by God for what you could say is the “soul” purpose of ministering to the needs of others and in doing so manifesting Jesus Christ to the world.

If you are Born Again then you have a spiritual gift that sets you apart from every other believer and human being (kind of like there are no two snowflakes that are exactly alike) even if you share the same kind of gift as other believers. God takes our personality and infuses His gifts within us and that makes us unique, a one of a kind. I encourage you to set aside time and learn about all the different gifts of the Spirit that are found in the Bible and to ask God to reveal to you the specific gifts He has for you.

Once you know what your gifts are you can begin praying and looking for people who have gifts that compliment yours so as to team up with them to go about making disciples of friends, family and even complete strangers, wherever and to whomever the Lord may lead you, and don’t forget as you go about your day, “A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”

“You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.””

2 Corinthians 9:7


Michael Osthimer




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