The Best GiftBro. David Chancellor
1/10/1999 11:00 AM
1 Corinthians 12:27-31
We are members of the body of Christ. He takes note of how different ones can be used. God doesn't call everyone to be exactly the same thing. We don't all have the same abilities. There's a work for each one to do, but covet earnestly the best gifts. What makes a gift the best? If you can be fruitful in it. If everybody was a preacher we'd have an awful lot of preaching (all talking - nobody listening.) What could you be fruitful in and accomplish some good at. There is a work for each one. We want to develop to our fullest capacity. We ought to increase in our capacity to work for God. Do a Skills Assessment ... figure out what you already know. Figure out what you'd like to be (What you want God to do with you)... Come up with a development plan (how to get from where you are at to where you want to be). We are not looking to achieve a title... we're looking to progress to possess the best gift. (God how can you use me best? What can you work through me?)
He was concerned and was trying to find out how they were progressing - so he sent Timothy. We don't want to be out to promote self, not seeking our own - but seek that which will help the gospel. How do I rise to what God would have me to be? The best gift is the one that will promote Christ. God's work is hindered when people look for that which promotes self.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
As far as brotherly love was concerned, Paul felt they had it, but desired that they increase more and more. In business people have a development plan clear up to retirement. There is always room for development and growth. We're never too old for God to increase our capacity. God may be able to give a different gift as we get older. Keep increasing in the things of God. Sis. Stewart went to Cuba in her later years and did a work for God there.. (learning a whole new language even). We want to continue to develop all the way through. Study to be quiet. Work with your own hands... do your own business... get what you are supposed to do and focus on that. Be concerned about what God would have YOU to do. Increase in that. Do what God has given YOU to do. If God will have workers we each need to do our own business. Yes, we can be encouraged by others, but take the gift you have and use it.
1 Corinthians 13:1-13
Desire to be the best for God you can be ... but - being a great orator is only to create noise without God's love ... focus on having the love of God. Assuming I could have the ultimate - without achieving charity you have nothing. "Charity never faileth." - because of our limited abilities what man puts his focus on will pass away.. Charity is the gift that lasts. This gift may not put you before others, but it is a powerful one. The man who can make others feel wanted, welcome, loved and special will not lack in work to do for God. It is wanting to help others and really caring about them. Develop charity always. It is something that should always be there. Don't lose sight of this... "we know in part" we don't have the ability or capacity to know all things - we can always learn more. When we get to heaven we'll be enlightened, then we'll understand all things. Until then "continue in what you have learned." and keep growing and progressing in the Lord. We all need to develop charity. This is the more excellent way - to be moved and motivated by the love of God.
For this cause also... we do not cease to pray for you to grow and increase... to walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Get better acquainted with God - knowing him more - being "strengthened with all might ... unto all patience" - have a strength that helps you to endure more things. We need to bear all things that come our way. Be strengthened of God. We don't know what's ahead, but God will help us to have strength and be victorious throughout it. We need the love of God, the spirit of God and the power of God in our lives. There's not too many that are workers for God. There's a need for us to set out some ground we want to take and make efforts in that direction. Earnestly seek after the spiritual gifts - advance for God.. seek the best gift.. develop for God this year.