“Finished!” Jim exclaimed with a sigh as he placed the last package in the car and started driving home. As he mentally reviewed the many gifts purchased for family and friends, he noticed a sign outside a local church:
What is YOUR gift?
Romans 12: 6 – 8
“I wonder what that means,” he pondered. Jim knew the gifts he had asked for this Christmas, but certainly didn’t know which he would receive. Thinking there must be more to this message from a church, he committed to read the bible verses that evening.
Later, as he relaxed with family by the beautifully decorated tree, Jim gazed upon the wrapped gifts and remembered the church sign. Getting his bible, he opened it to Romans 12:
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us.
If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach;
if it is to encourage, then give encouragement;
if it is giving, then give generously;
if it is to lead, do it diligently;
if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
He continued to read how through the Holy Spirit, God has given us unique gifts and talents to use for His glory. When we use them in His name to serve others, great things can be accomplished!
By using the abilities and skills with which we’ve been blessed, God will continue to increase what we can accomplish in His name. As you give and receive Christmas gifts this season, remember to embrace the unique gift given to you by God to build His Kingdom.
This Christmas season, let’s celebrate the most perfect and beautiful gift of all, the birth of Christ, our Savior.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Wishing you and yours a most blessed Christmas,
David and the Talanton Team