May 21 The Spirit’s Gifts

Ephesians 4:7

To each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.

The Bible says that when you’re saved you not only get the Giver, you get the gift! You receive the Spirit of God, but you also receive the gift of the Spirit. Every Christian is immediately endowed with a special gift of ministry. You will find those gifts listed in Romans 12, in Ephesians 4, and in 1 Corinthians 12.

In other words, every believer has a gift of the Spirit. We are to exercise that gift so that everyone else profits. I exercise my gift, and it helps you. You exercise your gift, and it helps me. And all of us using our giftedness help the whole body to grow.

But you can’t do that without the Spirit of God. The whole concept of service is based on the spiritual filling of the believer. No wonder so many of God’s people are trying to figure out how to survive! Do you know what we’re trying to do? We’re trying to accomplish a supernatural task in the energy of our own weak flesh.

We run like crazy trying to keep up with everything, and we fall into bed at night totally exhausted. There is no human way for us to do the work of God in the energy of the flesh. If the Spirit of God doesn’t fill us with His power, we’re attempting the impossible.[1]

 

[1] Jeremiah, D. (2002). Sanctuary: finding moments of refuge in the presence of God (p. 148). Nashville, TN: Integrity Publishers.

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