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Spiritual gifts are often similar to natural “gifts” and abilities… So someone could have a natural speaking/teaching ability, and someone else could have a speaking/teaching ability as a Spiritual Gift. But the difference is the spiritual gift comes about as a person grows and changes because of God. As God does the work of renovation, these new gifts seem to pop up out of nowhere. Often times they’ve always been there, only in a locked room hidden in the basement…and they come to light as God sets us free. This is what we’ve been talking about Sundays – now if you’re thinking, “okay okay, so how can I start unlocking some of these gifts?” If you’ve started to do some searching and are really interested in finding some of your new gifts then read on…
There are a few things that can lock up a spiritual gift – and they’re useful to know for some people… If you believe in Jesus, trust Him as your Savior – and yet have no idea what your gifts might be (yet) then here are some common locked-doors that can keep gifts out of view:
Pride… Some of the gifts are servant’s gifts (because Jesus is a servant), and so your obvious talents in other abilities can hold back some truly amazing gifts. So you might be a superstar at work, but your spiritual gift has to do with making people welcome and taking care of people on a personal level. Doing so would enrich your life incredibly and give you an enormous fan base, people who love you and would do anything for you – but your pride keeps you from really exploring that ability.
Fear of man… This holds back a lot of the hidden gifts: you’d be a great teacher or friend or leader or father figure or brother/sister figure – but you can’t because you’re too busy kissing a**! Your incredible social ability is completely detained making sure people like you… But when you learn to find your worth in Him – and not worry about what people think (sometimes they like you, sometimes not so much, it’s okay), then your social antennae give you a superhuman ability to do good and lead and relate and do all sorts of things.
Addictive pattern… Some people drink to make themselves feel better, some people shop, some people travel the world, some people flirt and mess around. What they all have in common is these behaviors tend to be coping mechanisms…and chances are they hold us back. When we stop relying on these things and allow ourselves to feel pain and disappointment (sometimes) – maybe we’d do something about it…or learn to rely on God, or form deep meaningful friendships, or something. This requires a bit of faith (in the pure sense of the word) because you can’t see what the outcome is when you start, you just have to trust that God has something better for you than what your coping mechanism…