6 “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”
Its a common notion to compare the gifts and qualities of one believer over another. The most intriguing part in these verses is the type of gifts explained by Paul here.
Prophecy is a gift we might be familiar in our spiritual circles. And everyone considers ‘prophecy’ as a great gift of God (it indeed is!). But who in the world considers, ‘serving’, ‘encouraging others’, ‘giving generously’, ‘showing mercy’ etc as great gifts of God?? The word of God clearly states that these are gifts of God too!
Do we appreciate the gift of people who ‘encourage others’? No, because we are not even aware that it is a gift of God.
And do what do we tell about those people those who give generously? We might say that he has plenty so he is giving a little to others. Or we might say it is his duty. But we often fail to acknowledge it as that person’s gift of God. People have different type of gifts as given by God and we need to appreciate them for it.
Paul also uses some ‘adjectives of performance’ along with some of the gifts.
Show mercy ‘cheerfully’
Sometimes we give but are not generous in our giving. We don’t often lead diligently when we should and we show mercy but we are not cheerful about it. That’s when things go wrong and at the end of day we might get frustrated with life. These gifts of God attain their true meaning only when these qualities are combined with it.
Let us try to respect our fellow brothers/sisters and make no comparison with people. Each person has his/her gift of God in their life and let each one use it happily for glorifying God….
Finally, let us ask one question at ourselves today,
‘What is the gift of God in my life?’