I must practice what I preach. That was the message I received from God today as I took some time to rest and reflect over the past few weeks.
I remember hearing a sermon as a young adult where a pastor said “Don’t be one person on Sunday and then a totally different person the remaining six days of the week.” I developed into this “what-you-see-is-what-you-get” firecracker. On one hand, I know God has gifted me with out-front, passionate gifts. On the other hand, I must yield to His will, His timing, and His focus when using those gifts.
Here are the biblical definitions of my gifts:
Prophecy – something declared by a person through divine inspiration, instruction, or advocacy.
Teaching – the supernatural ability to explain God’s word so that everyone from educated to novice understands.
Edification – building up, especially in a moral, emotional or spiritual sense through encouragement and instruction.
I drew this chalk sketch to remind me that I’ve willingly accepted a call from Christ. As I ask others to accept me for who I am, I must understand that not everyone is ready for the full-blown me. I must accept everyone exactly where they are regardless of how they feel or think. Acceptance cannot say, “Accept me,” and then say, “I reject you.”
The key isn’t self-control. The answer is to be controlled by God; not self.
Thanks for reading.
1 Corinthians 12:1, “Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be ignorant.”
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