How can a correct philosophy regarding the gifts of the Holy Spirit affect one’s practice of hospitality?
Thirdly, the gifts are always to be used for ministry.
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good” (I Cor. 12:7). “To equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ” (Eph. 4:12). “As each has received a gift, employ it for one another” (I Pet. 4:10).
Ministry is a word that is sometimes misunderstood. Instead of relating the concept strictly to paid professionals we must come to realize that Scripture teaches that we are all ministers. We are to use our gifts to nourish fellow human beings, but particularly those within the body of Christ Ministry is not just the work of a church staff but something of which we all must partake, whether we bear a title or not
Fourthly, all of the gifts are supernatural. Some of these abilities listed in Scripture, such as an innate human ability to work miracles or healings seem supernatural, while gifts such as contributing financially or giving physical aid appear to fall under the category of natural abilities. Yet all of the gifts are supernatural.
Some of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, it is true, spring from abilities that may have existed before we became Christians. We may have been skilled teachers in the public schools, for example. The difference between this remaining a highly crafted skill, and a gift of the Spirit infused with supernatural life is basically found in one’s attitude. Our mindset should be one of yieldedness which can become habitual by the regular check of three simple questions:
- Am I willing to use this talent in ministry?
- Does sin in my life restrict God’s being able to use this talent in ministry?
- Do I continually tell God I am dependent on His super natural working to transform my talent into a gift of the Holy Spirit?
A “No” answer to any of these will diminish the possibilities of our natural talents being used in a supernatural way. If we are not willing to use a talent in ministry, we cannot expect to view it as a gift, since ministry is the only purpose for which gifts exist. We must be careful, lest we have the gift taken away; and then, not knowing that it is gone, we are in a far worse condition than before, because we continue to trust in what we no longer have.
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Karen has long had an interest in Christian hospitality and is the author of the best-selling book, Open Heart, Open Home.
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