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Missing Morals: Using Your Gift
February 2, 2013
By Jessica Root
Intern Reporter for the Tribune
Although most of us don’t go as much as we should, the sermons at church always seem to present the message we need to hear when we do decide to take time out of our week to celebrate God with our congregations.
That’s exactly what happened to me this week. Realizing that this is the last leg of my high school career and the most pivotal chapter of my life begins soon, I have begun to question everything I know.
On Sunday, January 27, at Lee’s Summit Christian Church, located on Tudor Road across from Wal-Mart, Reverend Suzanne Kerr delivered the sermon titled “Learning Together,” part of the sermon series “Many Gifts, One Spirit.” She talked about the gifts God has given us all, accompanied by the scripture 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.
My struggle lately, a struggle we’ve all dealt with a time or two and will probably deal with again before our time on Earth is up, has been figuring out what I want to do with my life and hoping I don’t choose the wrong path. We often go into a decision like that blind, hoping for the best but expecting the worst.
When we look towards the Lord for guidance, we will realize that the decision about our future is not up to us. God equips each of His children with the gifts necessary to live the life He wants us to live. It’s up to us whether or not to use these gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:1-3 says, “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know 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.”
Jesus wants us to discover our gifts and use them, but we often stray away from our natural abilities because they can be frustrating. We want to be like the successful, glamorous people we see on TV and read about in the newspapers. We ask God why we can’t be more like them, and we ask Him to change us.
Each person is meant to be an individual unlike anyone else. Sometimes the unique parts of ourselves that frustrate us the most set us free when we optimistically face them.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 says, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.”
We’ve all heard it before; God sees each and every one of us as perfect. It’s true, we’re each perfectly unique at doing what He wants us to do.
Some of us are teachers: we teach the Lord’s word. Some of us are seers: we see what the Lord wants us to do. Some of us are leaders: we lead others to His side. Some of us are followers: we follow the Lord and set an example for everyone else. Some of us are healers: we heal those who have been harmed by evil. Some of us are various combinations of teachers, seers, leaders, followers and healers.
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 says, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 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. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”
This week, search your soul for the gifts God has given you. Ask Him, and He will show them to you. In a world where we all use our gifts for Him together, anything is possible.
A special thanks to Suzanne Kerr for inspiring me to write this week. Also, sincere thanks to my friends, family members and adult mentors for helping me discover my own gifts and face my self-set limitations.
No one should ever feel like they aren’t good enough because that’s self-inflicted pain. We put pressure on ourselves to become someone accepted by the people in this world when God will accept us just the way we are, just the way he created us. His unconditional love is waiting for us with open arms.
You are always good enough for God, and He has given you beautiful gifts. It’s time to use them.
R-7 School Board Mark Ousnamer