As we get close to Christmas I imagine most of us have slacked our gift-buying urges on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday! My email is multiplying by the minute with additional offers to buy gifts at amazing discounts!!!
Gifts, gifts, gifts!!!!
It hit me once again that God has given us gifts too. Of course, the great – and as St. Paul put it, “unspeakable” – gift is Jesus himself. Christmas, if we can look beyond the mercantile frenzies, centers on Jesus. It is here where all the mystery of grace comes together. It is in Jesus where the unseen God becomes personally knowable and vulnerable. One almost becomes giddy pondering that paradox.
But here is something else to consider. The Old and New Testaments of the Bible teach us that there are many “Gifts of the Spirit.” Just think about that for a moment. We have all been given gifts “of the Spirit.”
I don’t know about you but I’m not altogether delicate in unwrapping my gifts. Jeanette takes a lot of care to wrap them, but I make swift work at getting at the gift! Can I invite you to unwrap your gifts of the Spirit? You can do this easily and right now on our web site – just click here.
It is fun to do this and I believe you will enjoy seeing where your gifts are now! I also believe our gifts change as we change, so if you’ve taken this a couple of years ago I encourage you to retake it. You may be surprised! Two things to keep in mind:
- Our gifts and our energy are connected and symbiotic – we serve best where our energy is!
- This is for you! Taking this online is for your benefit! Rejoice is not compiling a data base here!!!! This is not a church “cookies” thing!
We have created this spiritual gifts inventory as a gift to you. It is an organic part of our THRIVE stewardship campaign, because when we pledge to give back a portion of what God has given to each of us, it is through our collective prayers, our financial resources, our regular presence & energy, and our service that we fulfill the mission of the Church. The spiritual gift inventory is a tool to help you hone in on what your God-given gifts are!
St Peter put it like this: “Each of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these graces of God, put it at the service of others” (I Peter 4: 10).
Your gifts matter! Unwrap them, use them, enjoy them!!
With much love,