7/3/16: Gifts Are for Giving

imagesThe book of Acts is not only the story of the spread of the Gospel, but of a shift in understanding that the message of Christ was not exclusive to the Jews, but inclusive of the Gentiles – even the whole world. You see, even after the new believers were scattered, run out of Jerusalem due to persecution, they went about preaching the word to Jews only (see Acts 11:19). But Peter’s experience with Cornelius, the Roman centurion, convinced him that the Gospel was intended for everyone. When confronted with the complaint about him going to eat with uncircumcised men, Peter answered:

“And as I began to speak, the Holy Spirit fell upon them, as upon us at the beginning. Then I remembered the word of the Lord, how He said, ‘John indeed baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit.’ If therefore God gave them the same gift as He gave us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I that I could withstand God?” Acts 11:15-17 (NKJ).

Gifts are meant to be given. The gift of the Holy Spirit could not be clutched and kept by one group of people. God pours out His Spirit.

  • Turn at my rebuke; surely I will pour out my spirit on you; I will make my words known to you. Proverbs 1:23 (NKJ)
  • And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. Joel 2:28-29 (NKJ) (italics added for emphasis)

Can we do any less with the gifts God has given us? Have you noticed that spiritual gifts never become possessions? The gifts God gives us always remain gifts – offerings, as it were, to be given away. That’s the miraculous nature of spiritual gifts – the more we give them away, the more of them we have to give. God is our example. He continually gives His best gift – His Spirit – to us. Follow His lead and give away the spiritual gifts He’s given you.

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