Every time I read Romans chapter 12, I am encouraged by the ancient Apostle to move forward in giftings, and to allow the fruit and Spirit of Christ, manifest himself through me daily. It can be a challenge to allow the gifts we have for God’s glory be used. Often we want to use them on our terms and in our time. But God gives them to us, and the power to exercise them “according to the grace given to us (12.6).” I also see in 12.3 “as God has allotted to each a measure of grace.”
So when it comes to the Lord flowing through me I am asking for a bigger measure of grace and faith from God. I am asking for more faith, and the gifts I sense he has graced me with to be multiplied. I am asking that for my family, my church leaders, and for Compelled.
All the gifts differ, Paul writes , according, or in proportion to the grace (gift) we have been given. They are….
- Prophecy-This is more forth-telling and proclaiming truth than giving “words” or “Thus saith the Lord” things.
- Serving-Being a servant.
- Teaching-Helping others grasp Kingdom and Christ principles in many ways.
- Encouraging-Lifting others up.
- Generosity-giving finances, time, talents, stuff to those in need.
- Mercy-love and kindness manifested.
Which ones do you lean to in how the Lord made and graced you?
Many times we become shy about our gifts, like it’s wrong to ask for more faith, and greater power in our gifts. I encourage you today to get outside of your box, and pray for a greater impact for God with the gifts here in Romans 12. Just remember the gifts are to glorify Christ, and to bring people into the Kingdom, as well as strengthening believers in the faith. They are not about us, to attract attention to us, or to fill some broken need in our lives. So use your gifts, they were made for use, not for storage.