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18th Nov 2021


Remember

We have been considering things that the Lord tells us to remember.
Yesterday we were mindful of serving the Lord through compassion ministries.
We serve through the gift/s the Lord graciously gives unto us.
We must remember those gifts & use them faithfully to serve & bless others.


Till I come, give attention to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the eldership.
Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all. 1 Timothy 4:13-15


We are to remember, & not neglect, the gift/s that God graces us with.
We are to devote our time, energy & resources to developing those gifts.
We are helped in that task by the Holy Spirit.
As ever He is our helper & guide & in exercising our gift/s we must stay in step with the Spirit.


Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 2 Timothy 1:6


We are given the responsibility to stir up the gifts within us.
We must therefore get to know what our gift is & start using it.
We are then to sharpen & strengthen the gift through partnership with the Holy Spirit.
We are all blessed with natural or motivational gifts (Romans 12).
These are enhanced working together with & alongside the Gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12-14).
They find expression through the five-fold ministry (Ephesians 4).

Each & every one us us has been gifted by God. Gifted by His grace for His service.
Serving God & serving people. Blessed to be a blessing.
The gifts of God must all be motivated by, & tempered by, His love (1 Corinthians 13).
Gifted to serve through love.

You are greatly gifted by God & you are a great gift to others.
Believe it so that you can be a blessing in Jesus name.
Know your gift/s from God & use them for His glory.

For Reflection

  • How am I using my God-given gift/s right now?
  • In what ways am I sharpening & strengthening the gift/s i have from God?
  • Mediate upon the grace gifts that God gives to each of His children.

A song related to this theme:

Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for the great gifts of Christ our Saviour & the indwelling Spirit,
Thank you that You have gifted me through grace for service.
Through the power of the Spirit help me to fulfill the purpose of those gifts,
Keep me attentive to their true function Lord Jesus.
Through the blessing You have released to me may I truly bless others,
So they can know Your love, light & life.
In the mighty name of Jesus,
Amen.

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