YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS AND PASSIONS When a person accepts Christ as their leader and forgiver, the Bible says that the Holy Spirit gives that person at least one Spiritual Gift (I Cor 12:7). A spiritual gift is the supernatural ability to develop a particular capability for ministry. Often your spiritual gift will compliment your natural abilities, but a spiritual gift and a natural gift are not always the same. What this means is that every believer is a minister, and is responsible for using his or her gift to encourage other believers and to be used as the church reaches out to those who do not know Christ (I Peter 4:10). While your spiritual gift determines 'what' you do in ministry, your personality will determine 'how' you serve. The exciting promise is that when you are truly serving within your God-given giftedness, you will experience incredible joy and energy from serving. Serving was never intended to be a drudgery. The church is designed by God to be a Body of believers, all serving within their giftedness, for maximum impact on each other and on the world Network : Participant's Guide : The Right People... in the Right Places... for the Right Reasons by Don Cousins, Bill Hybels, Bruce L. Bugbee
If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother." --1 John 4:20-21 New International Version THOUGHTS ABOUT TODAY'S VERSE... Love! The word can mean anything. Many in the Christian community have tried to define it by a dictionary or lexicon, not realizing the key word for love, agape, is defined by action. Before Christians got a hold of agape, it meant the same thing our word today does: just about anything! But if you read 1 John, you see what love is by what God does. God demonstrates his love. He asks us to do the same for our brothers and sisters. Love must be more than talk, it must be genuinely demonstrated in action! MY PRAYER... Precious Father, you have so graciously shared your love with me. I must confess, in my heart I intend to love others as you do, but my intentions often get washed away with "busy-ness" or timidity. Father, through your Spirit, prompt me to show my love to others in actions rather than just thought and talk. Through Jesus, your greatest demonstration of love I pray. Amen. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Author's Note * * * * * * DID YOU KNOW Heartlight Magazine is now published daily? Yep, you get new features, new devotionals, and much more each and every day. Come see what's happening at Heartlight! http://www.heartlight.org
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