“Today’s Spiritual Gift – Giving”

The Beans:

The Background:

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:

2 Corinthians 9:6-9

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:

“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;
    their righteousness endures forever.”

The Fill:

What’s the point?

Today’s Spiritual Gift: Giving

I love fitness, and am on a fitness journey with an accountability group/coach. One of the things my wonderful coach always posts is that “you get out, what you put in.”

Until we make the decision that we WANT to change, we’re going to stay stuck where we are. On the flip side, when we find the determination and give our health full attention, the results follow.

When it comes to giving, the same philosophy is true.

The impression you feel as you give lasts much longer than the high of any new thing you could ever buy.

Have you ever given away something that meant a great deal to you? Have you ever had a Christmas or Birthday where you gave away all your money or gifts, to help someone in need, instead of keeping them for yourself?

I promise, you’ll remember the feeling of giving something away that you could easily live without, to someone who truly needed it … in ways that will impact you for years to come!

Now, it doesn’t just have to be monetary gifts either.

Have you ever given up your time to serve others? Committed to giving up an hour a week, or gone on a trip to serve others, giving up a week of your summer?

Chances are, you’d fill that hour on Tuesday evenings with chores, scrolling your phone, watching something on TV, things that you won’t remember doing tomorrow much less years later … but the impact of serving others will stay with you for a lifetime!

When we store up our blessings for ourselves, never looking to serve anyone else, we end up cutting ourselves short.

Your heart will grow exponentially when you give of your time, talents, and resources. I’ve lived it and know so many others who have lived this too.

So think about ways you can give, committees or organizations you could get involved in.

It might mean, adjusting your schedule a bit, but I promise the benefits will far outweigh any inconvenience you may feel.

The Steam:

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

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?