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DandelionIn the Body of Christ, all are granted at least one of the twenty-five or so Christian gifts described and listed in different parts of the New Testament. There were seven gifts listed in Romans 12.6-8, "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; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 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."

Nine Spiritual Gifts

There were also nine spiritual gifts listed by Saint Paul in 1 Corinthians 12.8-10, "To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 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." "Different kinds of tongues" man be translated equally as "different kinds of languages."

Two More Gifts

There were also two gifts mentioned in 1 Peter 4.11, "If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen." There were in all eighteen New Testament spiritual gifts listed in three Biblical passages. I believe that every committed Christian is given at least one gift, though not necessarily the same as other Christians. Some may and certainly do have several or many gifts but not all. There are probably other gifts which God gave as they are needed. I think of Peter walking on water to meet Jesus. Was this a gift that Jesus gave? Some people do not feel that they have any of these gifts and others feel they have many. For those who think they have none consider a plant found everywhere. Its leaves can be eaten in salads, cooked and consumed like spinach. Properly dried, it brews to a tea-like drink while its roasted and ground root percolates into something like coffee. Its flowers produce a tasty wine. It is as common as the humble DANDELION!

Which Gift?

Two GiftsIt is extremely valuable to know which Christian gift or gifts we do not have and those we do have. Billy Graham (1918-2019) the American evangelist once joked, "Most of my friends tease me because I cannot carry a tune!" A famous video clip from one of his crusades showed him trying to sing the children's chorus, "This little light of mine." Cliff Barrows and George Beverly Shea were carrying the tune but not Billy! Dr. Graham had many gifts such as preaching and evangelism, but singing was not among them. All Christians have at least one gift but not them all! Rest in peace, Billy. You used your Christian Body gifts well. Well done thou good and faithful servant of the Lord!

"Christian Body Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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