I have just returned from a few days away at a URC Ministers’ Conference at High Leigh in Hertfordshire. Among the topics we discussed were what the apostle, Paul calls, “Spiritual Gifts.” In some churches, mainly those from a Pentecostal background, the main spiritual gifts are considered to be things like prophesying and speaking in tongues. This is not normally how spiritual gifts are discerned in our own Reformed tradition. As Paul himself wrote,
“In church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue.” (1 Corinthians 14:19)
When we think of spiritual gifts we tend to think of the more publicised ones like those I have mentioned in the previous paragraph perhaps adding to the list things like preaching and evangelising. But in fact there are many kinds of spiritual gifts some of which I am sure each one of us has. As Paul again wrote,
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all people.” (I Corinthians 12:4-6)
Alongside the notices in this month’s magazine you will find a “Spiritual Gifts Wordsearch” which I picked up at the conference. You may want to do the wordsearch just for fun, but even if wordsearches aren’t your thing, do have a look at some of the words listed and I am sure you will find one or more gifts you yourself possess and can offer in Christ’s service through his church.
I leave the last word to the apostle, Peter:-
“Each one should use whatever gifts they have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Peter 4:10)
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