It is Cheyenne Frontier Days this week and I was doing some pondering while I was catching the Thunderbirds perform. It made me think of all the Gifts that people have.
The Thunderbirds have some unique and special gifts, whether it be the pilots or the people behind the scenes that put the computer programs together. To be able to fly at 1,000 miles per hour in a group is just something great and special, but it takes several gifted people to make it work.
Then I thought about the gifts the Cowboys have at the Rodeo: 1. The Bull rider on a 3,000 pound bull trying to stay on for 8 seconds. A couple of days ago only one Cowboy was able to stay on for 8 seconds – he has a gift. 2. Steer ropers, this is a team effort. It takes 2 cowboys in unison to rope a steer and get it the ground – this requires 2 special gifts working together.
One last example of Gifts during frontier days would be putting together a Pancake Breakfast for 10,000 people and you are only in line for 15 minutes WOW. This requires a special gift to bring together several different groups to become one great event.
So now my question comes back to how am I using my Spiritual Gifts?
- Am I connected to a group of Christians as a Body of Christ, doing His work? (Church – Non Profit Organization).
- Am I alone utilizing my Gifts to those who are right in front of me?
- Am I connected with one other Christian so that we can put our gifts together?
- Am I utilizing my Gift to bring others together for one cause?
I am answering each of these questions in Private – but how do you see yourself measuring up to each of these…
Here a scripture on Spiritual Gifts:
1 Corinthians 12New International Version (NIV)
Concerning Spiritual Gifts
1 Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. 2 You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. 3 Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
As you can see it takes all types of different gifts to make up one Body or One Church. The Church is made up of different people uniting all their Gifts for a Special Person “Jesus”. Your gift may not be listed above – but you have been given gifts by the Holy Spirit that are unique to you. You just need to recognize how God has made you special and engage.
What Gifts do you have – are you a Thunderbird or a Cowboy or an Event Coordinator?
Are your gifts coming together with other people to make one Body?
Are you connecting your Gifts with one other Person?
Are your Gifts be utilized for the person in front of you?
Use your Gifts – do not let them be stagnate!