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- I Cor. 12
- Rom. 12
- I Peter 4:10
- Matt. 25:15-28
This week instead of pressing forward into the topic of Freedom to Love, I felt impressed of the Lord to touch on a few topics which came up in small groups on the first of the month.
Predominate in the topics I wanted to address was stewardship of your grace gift. It was mentioned ever so briefly in Rob & Michelle’s group on Sunday last. Nothing was said which was in any way wrong so to speak and so my teaching should NOT be seen as a correction. Never the less, it did reveal a few warning signs where perhaps I may have dropped the ball in my teaching. When we covered Gifts, Ministries and Callings last year between June and somewhere around August, I pressed the fact that one does not need to specifically know the biblical name of their grace gift, but to be a faithful steward of the grace gift God has given them. This is done by seeking His face – NOT the name or designation of the gift. I Cor. 14 tells us to pursue LOVE and desire spiritual gifts. Though ther eare many reasons why Paul was inspired to tell the Corinthian church this – one reason it was recorded for the church in our day is for us to realize that God does not want you to pursue your gifting! If you will simply fall in love with the Lord of our salvation you will find yourself fulfilling the call of God in your life and being a faithful steward of the grace that He entrusted to you – and you will know not how! Your grace gift is a “part of” or a “tool” used in the construction of the house of God – His people in whom He dwells. The body grows by the effective working of the grace which every member supplies (Eph 4). As that happens you see the kingdom of God grown within the hearts of your brethren> Jesus said that this kingdom which God our Father is growing within the hearts of men works very much like a seed.
“And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed upon the earth; and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should spring up and grow, he knoweth not how. The earth beareth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. But when the fruit is ripe, straightway he putteth forth the sickle, because the harvest is come.” ~ Mark 4:26-29
God plants the grace (His direct influence) within your heart as a grace gift to your brethren and as you are faithful to minister it to each one, you are then planting that grace within their hearts. All the while you go to bed and rise up, go to bed and rise up and look out over that field which represents your heart and the hearts of your brethren and it all grows to maturity and you know not how! God is faithful to you and will cause your grace gifting to produce a harvest so long as you pursue love and not the gifting itself.