I have been thinking of the spiritual gift of giving. Romans 12:5-8 says, "So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness." (Listening) I find it interesting that this is a plea for us to use our gifts.... "Having gifts let us USE them... if you have the gift of prophecy... they speak! If you are gifted to teach, teach!
Wow, that may seem simplistic, but I believe that satan works hard to make us afraid of the very thing we were created to be so what a release from the LORD. "Hey you, yeah, you... I know it's scary to teach, because you have had bad experiences but I built into you a gift of teaching. Let it out child and lean on Me for the words and the message. Teach for God sake!!!
I'm not just picking on the teaching gift. I'm really kind of confused about the gift of sharing or giving. Our world has come to expect rescue. I cringe at the things said after hurricane Katrina. People angry because they weren't rescued fast enough. Say again? No one had the obligation, rescue was a gift, wasn't it? How can you give with liberality when people expect you to give even more than you have? It's twisty! (listening) Hmmm, the sense I have is a restating of how important it is to be listening and guided by the LORD in what we do.
Spiritual gifts are POWERFUL!!!! If we wield them by our own power someone is going to get hurt! Giving to some is no gift at all and yet the right gift at the right time will send people to their knees in awe of the LORD. Listening and obedience is the key.