As a Christ follower, I truly believe that God’s sovereign hand has fashioned each of us with unique gifts and anointings designed to equip and empower us to overcome that which God already knew life would throw at us in this journey on earth. And, that to each gift and calling, there is a dark side if we are not watchful in shepherding our own hearts.
When my oldest was a child, his father and I would sometimes disagree with his playing of war games (which I allowed), and the watching of movies such as those created around the 1950’s created character, James Bond ( which his father took no issue with). My stance was, and is, that my son has never struggled with lashing out in violence with anger, but that generationally, the men in his geneology have predominently struggled with infidelity and objectification of women. As a parent, it is my job to not only foster and help support the growth of my children’s gifts, but to help create a protection and wisdom around those things which might cause them to stumble.
In the wake of recent events, and in the cultural narrative under which we currently live, I can’t think of a more important understanding for those who consider themselves Christian, to be aware and make a priority of, than the gifts they have been given to most effectively navigate life.
And, those of their children.
We are designed to thrive; to live spiritually free and grounded in the love of God. Without such freedom, we are unable to passionately pursue loving well those we are called to care for. To walk through our days without plan and purpose dulls our senses and minimizes our perceived value. A life without such vision becomes mundane, and our souls begin to dry up until only full submersion in the deepest of waters will offer relief.
In your prayer time this week, begin to look at what makes you feel filled up – is it cooking for others? hosting? painting? giving wise counsel? teaching? Are you really good at making money or stewardship? Then look at some of your greatest weaknesses and blind spots and see if you can make a correlation. Do the same for your children if you have them. Your spouse. Ask God to reveal to you where you can strengthen your own spiritual walk as well as those around you. Pray for wisdom in where you need protection, what things might be limiting your full potential, and to give you increased opportunity to operate in the design for your own unique walk of faith.
Remember that the One who designed you also knew the challenges life would throw your way, so He has equipped each one of us with the tools we need, with the grace required,
12 “Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.
2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.
3 Therefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed, and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, except by the Holy Ghost.
4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God who worketh all in all.
7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit thereby:
8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;
9 to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;
10 to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues.
11 But all of these that one and the selfsame Spirit worketh, apportioning to every man individually as He will.
12 For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
13 For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, whether we are bond or free, and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.
14 For the body is not one member, but many…”