Gifts That Keep On Giving
Steve N. Wagers
Romans 12: 1-5; 1 Corinthians 12: 1-7
January 14. 2007
1. Why these Gifts are Described!
A) Don't Misunderstand these Gifts
B) Don't Misuse these Gifts
2. How these Gifts are Distributed!
A) Sovereignly Given
B) Selectively Given
1) Gifts for Inward Enrichment
2) Gifts for Outward Enlargement
3. When these Gifts are Discovered!
A) A Matter of Lordship
B) A Matter of Stewardship
C) A Matter of Membership
Recently, for our anniversary, I bought Kim a gift and wrapped it. I got the paper; I got the ribbon. I folded, stuffed, found a bow, and put it on top. It really looked good; so good, in fact, that she didn't believe that I wrapped it. But, I did wrap it, and I took great joy in putting that gift, beautifully wrapped, on the dresser so she would see it when she got up. Then, I had the joy of watching her eyes light up as she unwrapped her gift.
You may have never thought of it this way, but as a child of God, and a member of His family, you are a gifted child. There is no only a gift that God has wrapped up for you; but, there is a gift that God has wrapped up in you.
You may feel unworthy and ungifted, but you are gifted. God is the One who has given you the gift. You are the recipient of good gifts from a great Giver.
Alexander the Great once gave a beautiful and priceless golden cup to a lowly servant. When the servant saw the gift, he said, "Oh no, that's too much for me to receive. Alexander the Great replied, "It is not too much for me to give."
In the realm of Christianity, we have divided workers into clergy, those in full-time ministry; and, laity, the one who are in the pew. A little girl was asked to define clergy and laity. She said, "The clergy are paid for being good; the laity are good for nothing."
If you are saved, you have not been saved to be good for nothing, but to be good for something. You have called to be a minister of the Lord J ...
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