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Step 2: Recognize that God wants to give you spiritual gifts in order to bless the Body of Christ

For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.  For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another.  Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.  (Romans 12:3-8, NASB, emphasis added).

Note that in the passage the gifts of God are delivered through grace, thus meaning that what is to be given is a gift of God, not earned, but given because of God’s love for you and His church.  Also note that the message is to be received by one who is poor in spirit as emphasized.  God has a gift for us that is as individual as we are.  This gift is based on His grace and every gift is equally important to the body of Christ.  We should seek out and receive our gifting from the Holy Spirit by first becoming poor in spirit, relying upon Him to use us as He sees fit.  The gift is not natural to us, but is the gift of God, used in humility.

But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift… And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into who is the head – Christ – from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.  (Ephesians 4:7, 11-16, NKJV)

Once again a gift is granted to us by the grace of God, not earned, not possessed naturally, but received by becoming poor in spirit.  God desires to perfect us into the image of Christ and He chooses to accomplish that through the ministry of the Church by using us as individuals.  We each play apart in fostering healthy growth and maturity in the ministry of the Church by using the gifts given to us because he loves us so much.

There are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.  And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.  There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons.  But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, and to another the word of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit, and to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, and to another the effecting of miracles, and to another prophecy, to another the distinguishing of spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, and to another the interpretation of tongues.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.  For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ.  For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  So that there be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another.  And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it.  (1 Corinthians 12:4-14, 25-26, NASB)

Gifts are given to members for the benefit of all.  Each of us are important in God’s plan.  Gifts from God should be received as one being poor in spirit because they are gifts.

Pray today about becoming first poor in spirit so that you can be effective with the spiritual gifts God desires to bestow upon you.  Keep being poor in spirit before your desire for spiritual gifts and to be used of the Lord.  This way your ministry will be blessed and you will inherit the kingdom of heaven.

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