Gifts That Serve Not Compete
August 1, 2010, 8:08 pm
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I shared a thought this morning with my small group; I decided I would post here as well.

Paul, in I Corinthians, is teaching the church about spiritual gifts. Apparently, there was an issue about how or why they were using them. Toward the end of one chapter, in concluding thoughts about using their gifts, Paul challenges them to stop thinking like children and begin to think like adults.

I have a two year old son and a four year old sister (that is not a misprint). At Christmas time, the way they think about their gifts is very competitive. It’s all about who has the most, the biggest and the best presents. They get a lot of satisfaction out of how their gifts benefit themselves.

As a dad, I look at gifts completely differently. I want to use my gifts to give away and make someone else feel special and loved. I get satisfaction out of how much my gifts benefit others. (I’m sure all parents can relate to this feeling)

We have each been given spiritual gifts, talents, resources, time, etc. Use what you have been given to serve, not compete.

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