I’m not talking gifts, like presents you receive for a birthday or Christmas. I’m talking about the God-given spiritual gifts that we all have. God gives each Christian at least two important gifts. The first is the gift of faith in Jesus Christ. The second is the gift of one or more abilities. The purpose of these gifts is for unifying the body of Christ to promote the growth of God’s Kingdom. Say what?
You have these gifts. We do not choose them they are given to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Not sure what your gifts are? The ELCA has a 60 question spiritual gifts assessment tool for you to discover what your gifts are. (www.elca.org/Our-Work/Congregations-and-Synods/Faith-Practices/Spiritual-Renewal/Assessment-Tools?_ga=2.179732644.1884314897.1634133694-1686221459.1583793038) By knowing what your gifts are, you can engage in service to bring together the community. The ELCA list puts focuses on the gifts that are service related. It does not include some of the spectacular gifts like speaking in tongues, healing, miracles, prophecy or even martyrdom or celibacy. No matter what your gifts of God are, they are always with you.
Our Fall Appeal this year is calling upon everyone to understand you have gifts from God to be shared. Christ the King’s ministry invites you to volunteer on Sundays to help with worship, participate through mission trips, share in community service work, and participate in God’s Work Our Hands opportunities to name a few. All these opportunities are ways we use and share our gifts of faith to promote God’s kingdom! Continue to fill out the four cards sent to your home or find extras on our website (www.christ-the-king.org) and click on the “Think Outside” icon to learn more.
1st Corinthians 12:4 reminds us, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.” Discover your gifts and say “Yes” to God to use them well. When you can do this, we all will see God’s love come to life!
Christ’s Blessings & Peace,