Spiritual Gifts

Charles Swindoll wrote this parable:

“A group of animals decided to improve their general welfare by starting a school. The curriculum included swimming, running, climbing, and flying. The duck, an excellent swimmer, was deficient in other areas; so he majored in climbing, running, and flying, much to the detriment of his swimming. The rabbit, a superior runner, was forced to spend so much time in other classes that he soon lost much of his famed speed. The squirrel, who had been rated ‘A’ as a climber, dropped to a ‘C’ because his instructors spent hours trying to teach him to swim and fly. And the eagle was disciplined for soaring to the treetop when he had been told to learn how to climb, even though flying was most natural for him.”

The point, of course, is that we have different gifts in the body of Christ (1 Cor. 12:4-11) God has gifted every believer with unique capacities by the power of His Holy Spirit. When we attempt to do things for which he has not equipped us, we typically don’t flourish. And when we neglect what it is He most gifted us to do, we can’t accomplish all that He intends.

So if God made you a duck, celebrate your proficiency in swimming and get after it! If you are a rabbit, exercise your skill in running. Study the texts related to spiritual gifts: Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:11-12; 1 Peter 4:10. Pray about what God has prepared you to do through His gifting. Then pursue the use of those gifts with passion and intensity.

Finally, celebrate the diversity within the body. Give thanks to God that the parts of the body perform different functions. Praise God that He uses people who are very different from you to help achieve His objectives.

But whatever you do, don’t just sit around. Find your gift and use it!

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