“Using our Spiritual Gifts to help others.”

The Beans:

The Background:

Each of us are gifted with specific abilities and talents, and as you can imagine, when all of these gifts and talents come together (members of the Body of Christ working together), that is when we function the best.

This study is designed to introduce you to some of the Spiritual gifts listed in the Bible, and hopefully, as you learn a little more about them, you’ll be able to identify your own strengths.

When we know our gifts, and begin using them well, THAT is when our faith truly opens up, and we begin to see a major difference in our hearts and lives, AND in the lives of those around us!

The Verse:

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand,

and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others,

that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

 

The Fill:

What’s the point?

Today’s Spiritual Gift: PROPHESY

This little light of mine,

I’m gonna let it shine,

let it shine,

let it shine, 

let it shiiiinnnneeee!

You’re singing it, aren’t you?!

This precious song that we grew up singing and still remember to this day, is certainly catchy – but the meaning behind those words is extremely important. More so, now, than ever before.

There is a lot of theological debate on the topic of prophesy and whether or not this gift still exists today. Instead of going down that rabbit hole, my personal conviction on the topic is highlighted in today’s verse, or more simply the “Light of Mine,” song.

The prophets living in biblical times, heard from God and were able to share God’s Word with His people. (Remember the Holy Spirit wasn’t available prior to Jesus, so prophets were the ones who heard God, saw visions, etc.) Their goal was to share what little they understood about God with humanity.

Today, I believe, that we are all prophets – in the sense that, we can all shine God’s truth. When people witness you helping someone in need, praying as a family in a restaurant, holding hands with your spouse, being patient with your child or even a stranger, they see a glimpse of who Jesus is.

When I worked in Youth Ministry, one of “my youth,” shared with our group, “You may be the only Bible that someone ever reads.” How true, AND POWERFUL, is that statement?!

Thinking back on our verse for today – we need to be proud of the light that shines within us!

So often we hear the big word, evangelism, and instantly picture people standing on street corners, waving signs like, ‘Love Jesus, or you are damned to hell!” That is NOT what I’m referring to.

Evangelism is simply what I listed above, naturally shining the light of Jesus, and then when/if asked, sharing where you get your inner peace from.

Don’t hide your faith under a basket for fear of ridicule, or fear of offending someone. God is love, and love is never offensive!

The Steam:

What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today? 

To help you learn a little bit about *some* of the Spiritual Gifts, each day of this series will be devoted to looking more closely at one at a time.

However, there are many more out there that we won’t have time to cover.

To help you identify what your spiritual gifts are, there are several tools and tests you can take for free online.

Or to help you begin thinking about it, I encourage you to spend the course of this study reflecting on the following questions:

  1. What do you enjoy doing?
  2. When you hear about people helping others, do you feel drawn to specific stories? (i.e. children, those living in poverty, racial equality etc.)
  3. Ask someone who knows you well, what gifts they see in you? What do they think you are best at?