Sometimes it’s so easy to notice those high-profile, spiritual gifts that not only bring attention and glory to God, but also those who are being used by God…
Pastors, Evangelists, Teachers, Leaders etc…
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NKJV)
11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
Some people are obviously much more gifted at singing, or speaking…some people naturally have more charisma and personality.
If we aren’t one of these people, if we’re not careful, we can begin to believe that we aren’t gifted.
But, some spiritual gifts are more subtle, but just as important and powerful.
Is there anyone in your life who just makes you feel better?
Even though they always seem to know the right thing to say, they often don’t even have to say a word…you just feel better when they’re around.
They have perfected the art of when to speak, and when to just shut up and listen.
They are the one’s who know how to make us laugh and smile at just the right time.
These are the people who quietly hold families, churches, organizations, and even marriages together.
These are the people who inspire and strengthen those high-profile speakers, singers, leaders etc.
One of the most powerful, overlooked and under-desired gifts in the Kingdom of God is the gift of…
Roman 15:6-8 (NKJV)
6 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; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who EXHORTS, in EXHORTATION; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
Some people are just natural encouragers…it is effortless to them.
In fact, they feel compelled to do so whereever they go…they can’t help it.
People gravitate to them…both saved and unsaved because everyone needs encouraging.
Is this you?
When you INSPIRE, ENCOURAGE or ENTERTAIN someone you will always have value to them…though they may not always show it.
I even believe the gift of COMEDY and ENTERTAINMENT are gifts of EXHORTATION…they’re spiritual gifts that are sometimes hijacked by the enemy. What’s more encouraging than making people laugh or relax?
So, just because you may not be powerful speaker, have a beautiful singing voice or a visionary leader doesn’t mean you aren’t gifted.
If your gift is the gift of encouragement…identify it and embrace it.
Don’t despise your spiritual gift or desire someone else’s…embrace your own!
And, if there’s someone in your life that keeps you going…Encourage Your Encourager Today!