Gifts + Passion = Ministry

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. 2 Corinthians 9:7

The spiritual gifts assessment tool I have been using with our congregation helps people to identify not only their gifts, but also their passions.  When you have a passion for something, you love it, and you love to do it.  It occupies your mind and warms your heart.  Your passion will probably determine how you use your gifts.

My passions are reading and writing.  I always have a book in my hand (according to my family).  I love to tell people about my most recent “great read.”  I love to loan books to people.  I also like to write.  I don’t care if I get paid for my writing, I just enjoy doing it. My most prominent spiritual gift is encouragement.  My passions (reading and writing) + my gift (encouragement) = my ministries (this blog, the Little Free Library).

When you allow your passion to drive your gifts you wind up being a cheerful giver of whatever talent you have to offer.  I don’t blog or donate and lend books to others because it’s a duty, something I must do to earn approval from God or others.  I don’t do these things because the Pastor, or somebody else told me I should. I do them because they give me joy.  I get a charge out of hearing someone else learned and grew through a book I recommended.  My heart is lifted up when a reader shares that a blog post nourished  his or her spiritual life.

Readers, go where your passions and gifts are calling you!  You’ll find yourself becoming a cheerful giver of all the gifts God has first given to you.

 

New Month/New Theme

The topic for this month is Spiritual Gifts. We speak about them fairly often in conversation in the church, but do we really understand what spiritual gifts are and how to use them?

According to the “Fanning the Flame” workbook, spiritual gifts are special abilities given to us by the Holy Spirit when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. They include many different abilities, such as Service, Teaching, Hospitality, Mercy, Leadership, and more. Every believer is endowed with one or more of these gifts, and it is our duty to use these gifts for the edification of and service to the Body of Christ.

What spiritual gifts have you seen in those around you and in what ways have they used these gifts in service to God? Does anyone have recommendations for those seeking to find their spiritual gifts? And, once they find their gift, how should they use them in the community? I am hoping that this month might be an avenue to discuss how different gifts can be used effectively in the world, and maybe give us some ideas on how to be most productive in our attempts to give glory to the Lord.

Happy Blogging Ladies!!!