This post is a couple of days late because on Sunday we had a lovely time celebrating my youngest daughter, Neala, turning eight years old! Wow! Time just flies by doesn’t it.
So let’s talk about gifts. I’m not thinking of the kind of gifts that Neala just got but rather the gifts that everyone who is in a relationship with God through Jesus has, namely spiritual gifts.
There are all sorts of mistakes we can make about spiritual gifts but the two most common tend to be some variation of “whatever I might have for gifts aren’t really important” or “only particular people, special people, get spiritual gifts.” Neither of these are true!
Every spiritual gift is as important as every other. In the same way that there are no superfluous people, there are no superfluous gifts. Some gifts are more obvious than others, some are more “flashy” than others, but none are unnecessary and none are unimportant.
One of the things that we don’t always tell people who are moving into a relationship with God through Jesus is that with that relationship come spiritual gifts. Everyone has a gift or gifts. Many of these gifts grow in effectiveness as we exercise them but just because the sometimes begin small doesn’t mean that they aren’t there. We are all gifted.
The sermons this week are an exploration of gifts in the context of a conversation as much as anything. The sermon title is “Let’s talk about gifts.” What I was hoping for was the kind of discussion that we might have if we were chatting about gifts rather than a lecture on them. Let me know if I accomplished it 🙂
Knox Presbyterian Let’s talk about gifts
St. Mark’s Presbyterian Let’s talk about gifts