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Friday, January 18, 2008 at 12:27 AM

Musings on spiritual gifts

I wonder if the common criticisms against Charismatics might be tamed a bit more if people talked (and sought after) the spiritual gifts that weren't as flashy,like the gifts of administration, or of helps, or of giving. When someone says that someone is gifted with the Spirit, how often do we think that they are incredibly blessed by the ability to give of their money until it hurts and then some? Or how often do we remark that the Spirit has gifted them remarkably with an ability to organize information and direct people and tasks? Yet these seem to be named in Scripture as well.

Of course, we are to seek the higher gifts, but what are they? Teaching and prophesy. But all that talk about the body being diverse means that there are lower gifts too, and we ought to seek those as well.

I bet if we made more of an emphasis one the gift of giving self-sacrificially, the gift of service, and all those other gifts that put us below others instead of above them (like more spiritual), there would be a lot less issue with "gifts of the Spirit."

Philippians 2:5

5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, [1] 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, [2] being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

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