heartily and freely

Since I’m supposed to get input from others, I’m just going to ask you: what do YOU think my gifts are?

Thing is, I’ve done this so many times already, it seems… It’s come up again because of the Perspectives course, at the end of their “Next Steps” exercise. And I guess it’s a good idea to go over what your spiritual gifts might be, if you haven’t done it for several years.

I score high in Faith, Intercession, and Helps, which hasn’t changed over the years. It’s not like I have so much faith that I get miraculous answers to prayer all the time, or that I can lead a group in long, wordy prayers. All I can say is that I just feel like I want to hug people and pray for them, and send them birthday cards. ;) But I also love to do mindless jobs, like folding bulletins, etc.

The only reason I’ve felt drawn to missions activities lately, is because it turns me on to see how wonderfully God is working among unreached peoples! Those who live near me may be cynical, but others far away are accepting God joyfully…

And yes, I love to blog, but that’s another thing that’s just “for me” really. It’s where I remind myself to “set my mind” on good things.

So, what do you think?

In the end, I’ll simply do whatever God puts in front of me to do; or, what I feel he is “commanding” me to do: something I read the other day talked about “The Command That Creates”. How did Lazarus “obey” the command to rise from the dead? It’s because the command carried the power within it, to obey. Remember how God “commanded” the earth into being! So when he commands us to do something, it comes with the power to do it.

And this doesn’t have a lot to do with it (except perhaps as a way to exercise gifts), but they’re neat verses anyway:

“So eat your meals heartily, not worrying about what others say about you – you’re eating to God’s glory, after all, not to please them. As a matter of fact, do everything that way, heartily and freely to God’s glory. At the same time, don’t be callous in your exercise of freedom, thoughtlessly stepping on the toes of those who aren’t as free as you are. I try my best to be considerate of everyone’s feelings in all these matters; I hope you will be, too. We want to live well, but our foremost efforts should be to help others live well.” (1 Cor. 10:31-33)

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2 Responses to heartily and freely

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