Your Gift for the New Year

Updated: Dec 29, 2020


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Devout:

As we come to the close of 2020, we must reflect on things we are thankful for; regardless of how difficult this year has been, we can still be grateful for many things. Even though the year was gloomy, we celebrated the birth of Christ Jesus. We celebrated almost every holiday and most birthdays. Celebrating begins in our hearts and comes to completion when we make someone happy. My family was not big on gifts growing up, mostly because we could not afford many presents. However, my holidays were filled with tons of food and laughter, and when we get a gift, we cherish that one gift. When you have less, you love more. Christ gave each of us a spiritual gift for us to cherish. When we realized that Christ chose us to carry a specific skill that can help others, it is honorable. I am so thankful for my spiritual gifts.


Why are Spiritual gifts so important? It is needed to grow the church and because it is required for you to be ready for Christ’s return. 1 Corinthians 1:7 tell us, “Now you have every spiritual gift you need as you eagerly wait for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Christ gives us a variety of gifts through the Holy Spirit; when we use our talents, we can make a significant difference in our life and the life of the church. Our spiritual gifts allow us to help others both now and when Christ returns. When Christ returns, we each have to account for how and what we use as our gift. This Christmas, let your gift be the gift that keeps giving. Helping someone to grow more robust as a Christian has more value than an expensive dress.


The most significant gift of all that comes from Christ is the Holy Spirit. He has better information that you need about your spiritual gift than Google. The Holy Spirit has better information that you need about people than Google. When you replace Google with the Holy Spirit, you become an information deck for the Lord. Use the Holy Spirit to find and use all your gifts. As we reflect on the past year and prepare for a new one, I am inviting you to use all your spiritual gifts so we will fill the new year with new hope and new endeavors.

Journaling

Do you know what you are, your Spiritual Gifts? Are you using them? Take some time today to write what you are good at, something you don’t even have to train for just as easy for you to welcome and let people stay comfortable in your home. Make a list and then read about the various spiritual gifts in the Bible, such as Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:8-1


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