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Are you fulfilling spiritual potential?

‘Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.”‘ (John 3v5-6)

In the realm of storytelling, ‘The Hero’s Journey’ offers a structure into which most films fit. It begins with the hero’s life in the ordinary world – then something happens which they must respond to (call to adventure) but may just as likely refuse the call. However, when the hero does embark on this journey and ventures out into the world, they meet opposition, fight and loses battles before being beaten and retreating into the inmost cave to face their deepest fears. In this dark, despairing place, the hero realises their need for change, seizes the sword, and with a ‘final push’ faces up to the challenge ahead of them to find the elixir so that others might be saved.

In the film Die Hard, terrorists take over a building and its guests, forcing police officer John McLean (who happens to be attending) to fight against impossible odds to save his wife and others. For McLean, the elixir he seeks is to save everyone as that is what he does – but also to mend the broken relationship with his wife so that he and the family can be restored and reunited.

As Christians, the Hero’s Journey for Christ is obvious to us in that we are well aware of the travails he faces as he presses towards Jerusalem and ultimately the cross. However, in this instance,  the elixir Jesus brings back to the believers happens several weeks later as his return to heaven facilitates the Holy Spirit being released on believers so that they will be equipped to do God’s work. But here lies the problem because in the moment that Christ’s mission on earth ends so the believers’ mission begins – a ‘call to adventure’ if you like in which each is tasked daily to follow Christ by choosing to obey the call.

Now while most christians consider themselves obedient to Christ, it is often in the aspect of realising full spiritual potential that many stumble and fall. Often, this is because the person remains unaware about spiritual gifts and fails to operate in the primary one that is unique to them. Moreover,  the gift that God has entrusted them with to build his Kingdom – be that as teacher, encourager, evangelist, server, pastor (etc). Now,  while we are easily beaten down by attempting spiritual tasks in our own human strength, we (intentionally or unintentionally) ‘refuse Christ’s call’ and remain unaware of the primary spiritual gift God has given us to build God’s Kingdom. (See Parable of the Talents)

Today, commit yourself to finding out what your primary spiritual gift is and using it to embark on the Hero’s Journey that Christ is calling each of us to.

Find out more about primary gifts here.

 

 


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Are you making the most of God-given potential?

‘There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all.  There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.’ 1 Corithians 12v4-7. Continue reading Are you making the most of God-given potential?


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How to know your primary spiritual gift!


 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing.  He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.’ 1 Corinthians 12v7-11

Basically, we need to know our primary spiritual gift because it’s one gift in particular (out of many gifts) that God has gives us for a specific purpose in His Kingdom.  Put simply…

ministry =  primary spiritual gift + the God-given passion  (that is particular to you)

 If you don’t know your primary spiritual gift, take a spiritual gift test and ask yourself of the spiritual gifts that came top of your list:

  1. Which gift energises you the most when you use it?
  2. When using that gift are people blessed or edified?
  3. Is there a sense of personal and spiritual fulfilment when operating in this gift?*

If you can answer ‘yes’ to all three questions, that will be the one that is your primary spiritual gift.

( *above extract taken from Know your spiritual gifts)

 

 


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