2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.
God is so good. He provides lessons when you need them, through the scriptures, through prayer, and in other ways. He speaks to you. And through this, He reinforces His word. One lesson for me this week is to acknowledge His creation – specifically others and their gifts. Often times, in our enthusiasm for Christ, we don’t understand why other people don’t see Him in the way we see Him. To be reminded of His grace, and that He has a plan for everyone, is helpful. For it is through His grace that we are saved, and in His time do we come to Him.
It is with this in mind that I contemplate gifts, both His gift of salvation, and the way that he has beautifully crafted the kaleidoscope of humanity in His image. In that, everyone has gifts, spiritual gifts, that can be used to glorify Him, and to live out His word. For in doing so do we acknowledge His gift to us, serve Him in a way we were created to, and show our gratitude for His sacrifice.
Romans 11 (NKJV)
Serve God with Spiritual Gifts
3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Derrick Rhayn is a new Christian and seeks the will and Word of the Lord.
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.