This is a painting I did in my church worship service this past Sunday. It’s pretty simple. I preached on Spiritual gifts as part of my Be the Body series. As you see it come together you’ll notice it’s a painting of Jesus with a gift in his hands. The question is, is he giving the gift or receiving the gift? The answer is both. Sorry to sound so noncommittal but basically what happens is God gives us the gifts and our purpose is to use them and give them back to Him by living out His purposes in the world.
Romans 12:1 and 2 says it this way:
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
God has given us many gifts. He didn’t give them all to any of us because He wants us to pool our resources, live in community and be more together than we can be apart. He wants us to Be the Body of Christ. There is one gift He has given to each and every believer though. The gift of salvation through the sacrifice of His son, Jesus. With Him comes another amazing gift, The Holy Spirit, who lives in us and among other things gives us all these wonderful Spiritual gifts. The gift of Jesus is a gift we could never repay. The best we can do is offer God our whole lives. That’s what it means to be a living sacrifice. When we take everything we have and we lay it all on the altar, that’s real spiritual worship and the act of offering ourselves to the Lord makes a change in us. We want His ways over the world’s ways and His plans over our own. Realizing the sacrifice Christ made for us will change the way we think and the more our way of thinking lines up with His the more we can discern His will.
God is good and He gives good gifts. What are you giving to him?
Bible Reading Guide
An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
2 Samuel 5,6; Proverbs 3; Psalm 57
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