Crafty People!

Crafty People!

Our faith through our gifts…

May 30th, 2019

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are wonderful. Paul says we should seek these gifts for the edification of the church and glory of God.

Gifts are referenced in several places in scripture. There are two different types of gifts. Those we possess as a result of the Holy Spirit living in us, and those which come by us naturally or we have learned through practice. To maintain clarity, herein I will refer to Spiritual Gifts and skills. Spiritual Gifts are of course gift attributed to the Holy Spirit. Skills will be those gifts we have naturally, or have developed. Both are gifts, as all good things are given us by God our Father. 

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17 (ESV)

The use and pursuit of gifts (both Spiritual Gifts and skills) are of paramount importance for the function of the Body of Christ and us individually fulfilling the purpose God has bestowed upon us.

Spiritual Gifts

Gifts of the Spirit are highly desirable. These gifts are specifically provided to believers in proportion to their willingness to be obedient to the Holy Spirit and the way we use these gifts.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Romans 12:6-8 (ESV)

We are to use our gifts to their full potential and seek to perfect our offering of service to God with these gifts.

At the beginning of the 12th chapter of Romans Paul writes:

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2 (ESV)

In other words, as a result of God’s mercies to us, Paul is appealing that we present our physical bodies as a living sacrifice to the dispensation of these gifts.

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (ESV)

These are not to be confused with the Fruit of the Spirit, which is the manifestation of the Holy Spirit active in a believer’s life.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)

These fruits are to be applied in conjunction with both the Spiritual Gifts, and our skills given us by God. So, if we are given the gift of prophecy (which includes preaching and teaching), we are to do so with love, joy, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control; all while being at peace.

So it is with you. Since you are eager for gifts of the Spirit, try to excel in those that build up the church.

1 Corinthians 14:12 (NIV)

We should be using our Spiritual Gift (and our skills) to build up the church and glorify God.

Skills

My writing is a learned skill given me by God and in this offering, I am to likewise serve this skill in service of God’s Kingdom, exuding these same fruits.

The introduction to this devotional I focused on ‘Crafty People’.  When I stated crafty in the title, I was referring to any skill we have garnered; all our gifts. These should be used to the best of our ability to serve God in any way we can.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)

Regardless of what you do or who you are doing it for, we should approach all that we do as if it were an offering to the Lord. Our compensation is more than the wages we earn, God will see to that. Targeting these skills to our church or our personal ministries is wonderful when we can do it, but just because we can’t doesn’t mean we shouldn’t perform to the level we would as if the Lord himself were our boss.

I’m not affixing deity to the boss, they are just another person like every other person, but by our service being ratcheted up to the same level we would perform for God, our efforts will be recognized and potentially reflect Glory to God.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:17 (ESV)

God has placed these gifts in our control. We must acknowledge him for them and then use them to the best of our ability to glorify God.

Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Romans 12:11 (ESV)

In all our service, to man or to God, it is our obligation to do so with zeal. All of us “Crafty People!”

In the Grace of Jesus!
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