You’ve been there. There it is, a gift nicely wrapped and addressed to you for a birthday or holiday. We think it’s going to be great, but the moment we open it, we start thinking about how to get rid of it. We smile and say thanks, but inside, we’re plotting this gift’s demise in one of three ways: return it, re-gift it, or neglect it.
I have often felt this way about my redemptive spiritual gift of prophecy. This gift given to me by my Father God is meant, like other gifts I may receive, to be unique to me. But sometimes, it is not what I want or what I think it should be.
Since there’s no exchange or return policy on spiritual gifts, what do you do when you feel frustrated or disappointed with your spiritual gift? What do you do when you just don’t want it? Well…
- You can’t return it, so ACCEPT it. The moment that I accepted that being a pushy prophet girl was who God made me to be was the first moment that I truly lived. In the Bible, James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” Simply put, if God, the creator of the heavens and earth, gave you this gift, it is the one you’re supposed to have. God is not like a bad boyfriend or absentee parent who forgot your birthday or doesn’t know you: He knows you well and picked this gift out especially for you. That means that it is the perfect gift for you.
- You can’t re-gift it, so STUDY it. Don’t stop with acceptance: learn all that you can about who God says you are. Every gift is different, so know your strengths and improve your weaknesses. Find others who have your gift and learn from them. Most of all, talk to God about your gift; ask Him why He chose you to have it, for a glimpse of His plans for you, etc. His answers will amaze you!
- You could neglect it, but instead, USE it. Sometimes we just toss those unwanted birthday gifts under a bed or in a closet. The Bible suggests an alternative for our spiritual gifts. 1 Peter 4:10 says, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” In other words, don’t abandon your gift, USE it—to bless others, to be an important part of the church, and to help others find acceptance in who they are.
Remember that even though these gifts come with a no return/no exchange policy, they CAN mature and their return on investment is beyond incredible—it’s eternal! How can you accept, study, and use your God-given gifts today?
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