Summary: Part one of a two part series on spiritual gifts. This focuses on the speaking gifts looking at 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 and Romans 12:6-8
Gift Giving Part 1
Which is better, receiving gifts or giving gifts?
The old saying goes “It is better to give than to receive”
Try and teach that to your kids
What makes Christmas so great for the kids?
Is it going to the toy department, searching each shelf on every aisle looking for that awesome toy
Taking it home, wrapping it, placing it under the tree
And then giving it to your mean old cousin who likes to kick you in the shins?
No, the best thing for a child at Christmas is opening their presents
Now it is entirely different for adults
Usually the best thing about Christmas for adults is
Finally getting all the tiny pieces of wrapping paper off the floor
Sweeping up the fallen tree needles, and putting the living room back to its original arrangement
No of course it is the joy of seeing your gift recipient opening that gift
And it being exactly what they wanted
There is one thing I like about Christmas shopping
It is knowing exactly the perfect gift for someone and the joy of purchasing and wrapping it in anticipation of their joy
But of course there is on everyone’s list that hard to buy for person
For us it is my dad
We never know what to get Dad
But out there, somewhere, there is the perfect gift
Gift giving is a wonderful experience
We enjoy giving them and receiving them
But what about spiritual gifts?
Have you received yours?
If you are a child of God the answer is yes
This morning we will start a two part series on spiritual gifts
There are many things we can learn about spiritual gifts
And the most important truth about these gifts is
Every Christian has spiritual gifts
1 Corinthians 7:7 For I would that all men were even as I myself. But every man hath his proper gift of God, one after this manner, and another after that.
1Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift,
For a list of all the spiritual gifts we must look at a few different passages
Stand and READ 1 Corinthians 12:8-10
This passage contains only a partial list
Romans 12:6-8 helps complete the list of spiritual gifts
Interpretation of tongues
These lists supports the truth that each of every believer has been given a spiritual gift
Some people falsely believe that God skipped them when He was passing out spiritual gifts
But the Bible clearly teaches that all believers have spiritual gifts
So we all have one
You ever receive a Christmas gift, open the package, look it over, turn to the giver and say
Thanks, what is it?
Maybe you are here this morning saying
Thank you very much God for my spiritual gift
What is it?
Well the second truth about spiritual gifts is actually what it isn’t
It is not a natural talent
If you could sing before you got saved, not a spiritual gift
God can use your talents, but they are not spiritual gifts
They are also not a fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, (23) Meekness, temperance:
We grow into the fruits of the Spirit. It’s a process
Spiritual gifts are instantaneous and immediate
Its not a title either
You can be a Sunday School teacher and not possess the gift of teaching
You can take up offering and not have the gift of giving
So we all have one, and they are not necessarily just our talents
First we must define what a spiritual gift is
"The moment you are born again God instantaneously and graciously gives you a perfect present, or spiritual gift, that gives you the power to do or say anything beyond your own natural ability so you can fulfill a specific purpose of God at a specific time."
So if everyone has a spiritual gift, what is so unique about them?
The second truth about spiritual gifts is
YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFT FITS YOU PERFECTLY.
1 Corinthians 7:7 "Every man hath his PROPER gift from God." KJV
"Proper" means "fitted"
If I want a hunting boot that will enable me to hunt my stand all day long even in 10 degree weather, I go to Bass Pro or Gander Mountain and tell them what I want
They measure my foot, and then say, "We’ve got the perfect boot to perfectly fit your size and will perfectly suit your lifestyle."
God has given you a spiritual gift that "fits" you perfectly
Perfect for your life stage, life style
There is some danger in this illustration though