Friday, May 7, 2021

Spiritual Gifts

 

 

Snow aftermath in late April


                Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is in prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith, if it is in serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.   Romans 12:7-8 (NIV)

Have you ever met someone who helped make life easier for you? I am speaking of when we are in difficult circumstances.

In dealing with nurses, I decided a long time ago they are called by God and given special gifts to perform their many tasks.

The Apostle Paul gives us a picture of the attitude with which a person needs to practice his or her gift. Have you ever been around someone who did not seem to be in the right position for their makeup? I have had that experience in several situations of my life. It was not a fun place to be.

On April 21, I had an appointment for my third day of radiation treatments. (I had two a day.) About 20 minutes before my appointed time, the phone rang. It was the nurse from the Cancer Care Building. Overnight, our state was hit with a very-late-season snowstorm. The place lost power due to the heaviness of that snow. This caused the scanning machine they used on me not to work properly. They needed me to come 30 minutes later for my morning session.

 

The whole time I was in treatment that morning, I felt cared about as well as cared for. They did not seem to know when the problem would be remedied. We were all in this together. They exercised their gifts to help me through that week. They had to use a different machine on me for two days (four treatments).

 

I learned several years ago that Spiritual gifts were given to us by the Holy Spirit for our employees, not our enjoyment. I believe we followers of Jesus should learn to use our gifts for the sake of the Kingdom every day.

 

6 comments:

  1. I love this. Yes, we all have gifts that we have to use for God's Kingdom. A beautiful post. My Faith is the most important thing in my life. I don't see any point to being here without it. I thank God always for his blessings and gifts. If I bring another soul a little bit closer to God then again I'm thankful. But it's all God's work. And thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a message.

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    1. Gram: Yes, we are given these Spiritual gifts to use for His kingdom. I have noticed that there is a lot of heartache in this world, even among Christian believers. This is beyond the pandemic issues. Peace and blessings to you and yours. Did you have a nice Mother's Day?

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  2. I have had some wonderful nurses in the past as well, and a few not so wonderful ones, but thankfully the good outweighed the bad and I survived! Yes, we each have differing Spiritual Gifts, and we need to learn to use them for the glory of God. But I think when it is a spiritual gift, it will come naturally to you and it is something that you find yourself doing without realizing it was something intentional from the Lord. I love that. I just need to allow myself to be more flexible in how God wants to lead me and use me. Sometimes I get stubborn (or selfish). But God keeps working on me and gets me back on track. So thankful. Glad you came through your treatments fine even with the delays and detours. God is good! Have a blessed weekend.

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    1. Pam: Your comment is so true. We all have Spiritual gifts and are to use them to help build the Kingdom. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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  3. This is so good. I have been blessed by someone using their spiritual gifts. It's humbling to be involved in the work of the Creator. No matter if you're the one giving, or receiving. Every good and perfect gift is from Him!

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    1. Cindy: I once was forgiven by a neighbor for something I said to another member of her family. I felt she had truly forgiven me. I felt she had the gift of showing mercy. I know she is in heaven because of her gentle spirit. Peace and blessings to you and yours.

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