Unwrapping Your Gifts

Date

Feb 3, 2018

Sermon Series

Our God has given us all gifts. We call these blessings our “spiritual gifts.” Spiritual gifts are varied and often unique to our community of faith. They reveal the importance of each individual in a community.

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Dear Downers Church Family:

Most of us know the feeling of anticipation and excitement when there are wrapped presents with our names on them. We can’t wait for the day to tear off that wrapping paper and see what we have been gifted with.

My wife recounts a childhood Christmas where she and her brother, two years her elder, constantly pressured their parents to open one gift on Christmas Eve. It was the family tradition to save all gifts until Christmas morning, yet this one Christmas their parents finally gave in. What a victory! Finally, these adolescents would see the fruit of their nagging.

At the verge of bedtime on Christmas Eve, the two young kids were instructed to pick the two smallest gifts under the Christmas tree. But they were asked to wait until their dad was ready to capture the moment with his video camera. The children finally got the green light to open each present. Both presents were opened with anticipation on their faces. But their faces evolved to confusion then disappointment. In my wife’s box, a single button and in her brother’s box a rusty-old nail. This whole experience was immortalized via dad’s video camera. For the next few years, Anna and her brother expected to get a rusty nail or old button for Christmas.

Our God also has decided to give us gifts. We call these blessings our “spiritual gifts.” The spiritual gifts are varied and often unique to our community of faith. They reveal the importance of each individual in a community. But, I wonder if many Christians feel like my wife at Christmas, disappointed in the measly gift bestowed upon her. They walk around saying, “I don’t believe that I have any gifts to serve God.” And since many of us feel that we have no gift, we feel no need to explore what God has given us to fulfill our unique purpose. The result is a person who feels purposeless in his/her church and a church that does not fill ministries based on spiritual gifts, rather on guilt or willingness to do something.

My challenge to you is to explore the gifts that God has given you. He has created you to serve in your unique way. 

Pastor Kent

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