Spiritual Gifts and True Humility
by Kieron Rowe
Marrying Jessica is among what I consider to be the two most important days of my life so far. The other was when I met the Lord and discovered my life’s meaning and purpose.
Today I was looking at my wedding gifts and I thought of the gifts God has given me. They are all wonderful, and I don’t want to take anything away from the gifts others gave me but the spice rack I received from my stepfather blew us both away.
It’s not the biggest or most expensive gift, but what makes it special is that we really needed something we could store our spices in and it is better than either of us could ever have imagined. And it came complete with jars filled with spices we use every day, plus more. We never asked for it. Peter has never been to our home.
When Peter gave us the spice rack, he never intended for it to just sit there and gather dust. He intended for it to be used every day. Other gifts may be used less often, but they are no less special.
God’s gifts are given with much the same intention. He wants them to be used and used appropriately.
When we hide gifts away because they’re too beautiful, too expensive, we deny the one who gave them to us. Gifts are given freely, out of love, and are something to remember people by.
Jesus gave us the Holy Spirit to remember Him by. In fact, he made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could have everything God has to give. I think He would be very disappointed were we not to accept that gift – and rightfully so.
The Holy Spirit gives gifts that are perfect for our needs. The greatest of those gifts is love. Saturday, March 27th, was all about love. Not just two people coming together (although that was first and foremost) but two families joining, the support of loved ones who believe in the two of us, and above all the glory of God in marriage. Without Him, we would never have even met.
Too often I meet Christians who view humility as always taking the back seat, shying away from expressing their faith and stunting their growth in Christ. To believe that you’re not good enough is a lie. To believe that you’re not special is a lie. God made you with a purpose – the same purpose as me and every other human being on this planet – His glory. And His glory is not vain glory, it is displayed fully in you becoming everything you are called to be in His name. You are to be like Him. You have been given freely by God, so give freely to those around you.
Use His gifts, for they will never rust or break, and the more you use them the more they increase and the more you will get. And give all glory to the Father, for it is He who sent His Son that you may have all He could possibly give us. You are no longer a servant, but a friend of the living God.
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:15-16)
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