Do you like birthday presents? Christian presents? Presents for any occasion? Sure you do! Who doesn’t? So what about gifts from God?
1 Cor 12 1 Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I tell you that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.
Now a gift is just want we think it is. A gift - something wonderful - something that we will like and enjoy. Many people read this passage of Scripture and either try to explain it away for todays world or de-emphasize its importance. Why would we do this? Why would we reject this gifts for ourselves. He gives it to YOU! With it you can do great things for the Kingdom. Things that will please your Lord and Savior Jesus - but also things that will bring great joy and hope to your heart. It’s your gift! Take it - don’t reject - accept! Don’t push back - embrace.