Responsibility for Our Gifts 1 Peter 4:10 “As each one has received a gift, m minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” God calls us to be good stewards of our gifts. God’s gifts are not to be buried. My Dad and his brother are artists. They can draw something on the back of a napkin that explains some engineering feat. Dad can draw animals and nature, and Uncle Don can draw people and clothing lines. They may do it as part of a discussion over coffee. I have given them both charcoal pencils, paints, water colors, art pads, and begged them to draw me something I could frame. Neither one of them think their artistic gift is worthy enough of taking the time to develop it. Every Christmas I pull out a piece of bark from a tree in New Hampshire that my Dad wrote out a verse John 14:27 in a red pen. In green ink, he wrote Merry Christmas, and drew a big holly plant with red berries. The Holly plant is perfectly designed and shaped for the piece of bark. I cherish this every Christmas because of the design and the natural materials used. It’s a unique Christmas touch that helps decorate the house. It’s not much, but drawing is a gift, and I appreciate it. I know they will both have easels waiting for them in their houses in heaven. Then they will have “the time.”
Gifts of Healings 1 Corinthians 12:7-9 “But he manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit.” This gift is plural. It’s not just one gift of healing, it’s multiple gifts of healings. Healing miracles happen all the time. Listen to people’s stories and you’ll hear things that amaze you. Some churches have entire services dedicated to healing people’s stories (sometimes called testimonies) because it builds up the faith of those listening to the stories. If you haven’t tried healing, take a class from a local Healing Rooms (www.healingrooms.com) Practice this gift in a safe place and see what happens. It could bey our biggest gift and you don’t even know how to implement it. Pray and see what God tells your heart. It’s an amazing privilege to pray and then have a front row seat as God heals people.
See more on God’s Christmas Presents: God’s Christmas Presents Part 7
Check out some of God’s other Christmas Presents: God’s Christmas Presents Part 5