Monday, May 28, 2012

Hidden and lost gifts!

...I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you....  

God, has given a variety of gifts to His children.   Each of us has been give at least on gift.  There is a problem in the church today is that many have allowed their specific gift to be buried or diminished.  The false glamor of the more evident gifts causes us to devalue the gift(s) that we have.  The cascading problem with this that God has told us that until we handle properly the gifts given our spiritual growth will be stunted.  This, perhaps, explains much of the state of the church today.

For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline.

Here is the test.  Do we have a boldness about our faith or are we reticent to share the greatest message that has ever been created!  Freedom for the captives!
Therefore do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord or of me His prisoner, but join with me in suffering for the gospel according to the power of God,  who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was granted us in Christ Jesus from all eternity,  but now has been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel,  for which I was appointed a preacher and an apostle and a teacher.  

You have been saved and left here on the Earth for " His own purpose" but most of God's people have fallen into the seduction of the society around us. We have not only been "saved" but we have been "saved and called with a holy calling".  The world is in rapid decline due to the church losing the vision of each members responsibilities and opportunities.

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.  Retain the standard of sound words which you have heard from me, in the faith and love which are in Christ Jesus.  

Ashamed?  How do most of us act?  Faith is grown by testing.  Most of us struggle in the area of our faith because we keep our witness hidden.  We are "convinced that the world is able to keep us from witnessing" rather than being convinced that "God is able....".

Guard, through the Holy Spirit who dwells in us, the  treasure which has been entrusted to you.  (From 2 Timothy 1)

Discover the gift or gifts that that God has give to you and then open them up to the church and the world around you.  Trust that God will do the rest!

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