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Gift Of Ministry

Gift Of Ministry

10 December 2010

Today’s Reading: 2 Timothy 1-4

Scripture:


6 And the special gift of ministry you received when I laid hands on you and prayed—keep that ablaze! 7 God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible. (2 Timothy 1:6-7 MSG)

There had been an occasion when the leaders of the church laid hands on Timothy and a Gift of the Holy Spirit was imparted to him (1 Timothy 4:14). There was also a time when Paul laid hands on Timothy and through speaking a word of prophecy, imparted a special gift of ministry. The gifts were in Timothy from the time the prophecies were spoken, but the responsibility for developing and using the gifts was Timothy’s alone.

Paul admonished Timothy in both his letters to keep the gifts active and operational.

Each Christ-follower has spiritual gifts to use in service to God and others. Some have gifts of the Holy Spirit imparted through God’s answer to earnest desire and prayer or through spiritual encounters. Some have special gifts of ministry imparted through the laying on of hands and prophecy.

Each of us is responsible and privileged to discover, activate, and use those gifts in serving with joy. Church leaders are responsible to create and implement means of teaching Christ followers about these spiritual gifts, helping them identify them, develop them and use them in an atmosphere of faith. Church leaders are also responsible to challenge and encourage Christ followers whose gifts are dormant and inactive to stir them up – to activate and use them effectively.

Prayer:

Father, You’ve been reminding me of the gifts of ministry you entrusted to me. You’ve been challenging me again to stir them up and to use them to help the church and to help other people. I am saying “Yes!” I am in a season of hearing your challenge and saying “Yes!” to each fresh reminder and application in my life. “Yes!”

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