THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
A businessman took a week off to try and get some work done.
He went to a seaside motel, and ate breakfast in the cafeteria the first morning.
The next morning, when he went to breakfast, he called the waitress over.
He said, "I'll have coffee, very weak and luke warm; two fried eggs, one so well cooked it's like rubber and the other so runny it's inedible; toast that crumbles away when you touch it because it is so burnt; and butter straight out of the deepfreeze so that it is impossible to spread."
The waitress said, "Well, sir. That is a very complicated order. It might be difficult to serve."
He said, "Oh. I'm sure you can handle it. That's what you brought yesterday!"
1 Cor 12:1-7
1 Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Have you thought about YOUR "spiritual gift?"
Where did it come from?
To whom are you accountable for the use of that gift?
Where is it that you are to USE that gift?
Every "gift" which a saved person has was received by the Spirit of God.
All "gifts" to the church come by the Spirit of God (Verse 4).
Though these gifts are very diversified, they are under the guidance and leadership of the "same Lord" (Jesus) (See verse 5).
In other words, the "gifts" are to be used to accomplish GOD'S purposes in our lives.
You use your gift different from another person (verse 6), but EVERY gift is to be used for the profit of all other members (verse 7).
Another way of saying that is: every individual's gift should minister (serve) the other members of the church.
The gift is FOR the church, NOT for the individual.
We are each accountable to our Lord for the use of our gift by ministering to the members of our church.
Jesus put a very special emphasis on the IMPORTANCE of using our gifts in Matthew 25:44.
44 Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
45 Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Failure to minister in the church with our God-given gift is failure to minister to our LORD!
Are you using your gift?