Talk for 31st Dec 2017
Readings 1 Cor 12: 1; 4-27; 29-31 13: 1-8 Psalm 72
Link to church website with recording of talk on it for a few months
- What did you get for Christmas?
- Have you stopped using it yet?
- Gifts are to be used not left unused
Model car and its lack of use
Firstly His Son Jesus which showed His love for us
Then Jesus died for us, to give us the gift of new life
Finally we are each given personal gifts to use in loving service to Jesus and in love to others.
4 There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5 There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6 God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.
- Do you ever wonder ‘Am I needed?’; ‘Do I have anything to offer?’; ‘Is what I do of any value or significance?’
In Nehemiah 3 we see that everyone was needed. Everyone went to work shoulder to shoulder, side by side, rebuilding, restoring and repairing. Each was given a portion of different lengths. The key is not to compare, but simply to get on with whatever God calls you to do.
- During Advent and into the new year we at Ascension have been praying about
How we connect with new people, those He sends to us
New ways of Worship
Raising up a new generation of leaders
We pray because we know that God supplies all we need and He will supply people with the gifts we need
12 The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ.
18 But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. 19 How strange a body would be if it had only one part! 20 Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. 21 The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
22 In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.
8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[b]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.[c] 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[d] while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
This is not a full list
In Exodus some were given the gift of craftsmanship, the ability to make things, some have been given the ability to make music or sing.
Some to help others with their resources.
Some to clean, some to cook.
Some to care for others some to listen to others.
What is your gift?
We all have at least one.
However we need God to show us how to use it properly.
That was true in my case, I had gifts but was not making good use of them because I did not know Jesus once I became a follower then my gifts started to kick in and work as they where supposed to do.
They appointed Levites twenty years old and older to supervise the building of the house of the Lord (Ezra 3:8) – a good example of appointing young leaders. They were willing to sacrifice their money and possessions. According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 drachmas of gold, 5,000 minas of silver and 100 priestly garments’ (Ezra 2:68-69).
Giving is an essential part of your worship and service to God. Your gifts should not be grudging or forced, but generous ‘freewill offerings’. Do not compare your giving to that of others, but give what you can afford. The wonderful thing about this offering was that as each gave according to their ability, they raised all the money that was needed.
If everyone in the church gives sacrificially, generously, each according to their ability, God’s kingdom will advance rapidly and his name will be honoured.
- How do we get gifts if we do not think we have one?
We ask for them.
fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. (2 Timothy 1:6).
Existing leaders pray on you and the Spirit gives to you.
We than try using the gift we feel we have received.
- We are to keep using those gifts.
There might be times when we put our gifts on hold, in the bank but they are gifts from God to use as needed.
In Nehemiah we see the whole of the people using their different gifts and skills to rebuild the city and temple.
Everyone worked from the highest born to the lowest not pulling rank or wealth.
29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
This is from the story of the three servants who their lord had entrusted his gold.
God gives us gifts to use not just bury.
When we use our gifts in love we help the Kingdom grow.
- The greatest gift is Love
God greatest gift to us is Love shown in the gift of Jesus
Our greatest gift to others is Love, shown in what we do for them
It was through Jesus I found what love meant and how to share it with others.
He showed his great love with me and helps me to love others.
You might not think you have much in the way of gifts to help the kingdom grow but you have the gift of love and can use that to serve Jesus. All the other gifts depend on the gift of Love.
I was watching Wonder Woman and she said this about how to help the world.
And now I know… that only Love can truly save the world. ”
God gives us our gifts to use in love for Him and others
Like Wonder Woman, Doctor Who and many others we have to fight hard to show our love to all and our love of God in all we do.