That’s a Good Word, Seth!
When your spiritual gift is not a gift
2. Overuse– “When you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” When you’re down, the gift of exhortation can be such a lift to your spirit. But if the person exhorting you doesn’t know when to stop talking, that gift ceases to be an encouragement. Similarly, the gift of teaching can bring clarity, but when overused a teaching gift can suck all the oxygen in the room.
Thanks Seth. I am just an average pauper in a strange land these days and frankly could care less for the current or aspiring “Christian” rock stars.” By the way I waited but finally after pressure from my friends @ The NonProfit Times I am writing my views which they say the giving world wants to know. I think you know where I will start. Called you tonight by the way. Shalom…
When I was pastoring a while back, there was no emphasis and rarely even a mention in my theological “camp” of “eagerly desiring spiritual gifts”. In fact, it was just the OPPOSITE – we were NOT to seek after gifts!
Then one day in my office as God was drawing near to me, I fell to the floor and cried out “Holy Spirit, the Word says YOU are my teacher, so now I give it all to you – please teach me. I gave God my seminary “files” and truly sought after what He wanted to teach me.
Amazing things began to happen, and the Word became even more alive than it was before. My life began to resemble the “stories” in my Bible. Oh, how I love discipling others in all this good “stuff”.
God is just so good!
The greatest spiritual gift comes from the love of god.
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” (Ephesians 2:8)
Thanks for your inspiring lessons