‘Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.’ (Matt 7 v13 -14)
In HG Well’s book, The County of the Blind, a climber falls into an inaccesible valley only to be rescued by a mysterious community where all of the people are blind. Nursed back to health, the climber falls in love with the woman who cares for him and asks the leader of the community for her hand in marriage but is told the community cannot agree to his request unless he consents to having his eyes removed and becoming as blind as they are.
For the community, rendered blind from birth – presumably from a genetic abnormality – the loss of sight was not an issue as they had no idea of what they were missing. On the other hand, the climber knew exactly the sacrifice he would be taking in forfeiting the beauty of everything for the woman. Although the decision was initially hard for him, the climber eventually leaves the valley rather than have his world of colour and image taken away. The spiritual parallel is obvious.
‘You are coming to Christ, who is the living cornerstone of God’s temple… for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.’ (1 Peter 2 v2,4)
Okay, five spiritual truths to remember :-
- We are chosen by God who delights to give us the Holy Spirit .
- The Holy Spirit enables us to serve God as his priests. (How cool is that!)
- Along with other spirit-filled believers, we form God’s holy nation as we…
- Reveal the goodness of God to others through our speech, attitude and actions (and)
- Each day we take another step away from darkness to live in God’s wonderful light.
‘For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ Ephesians 2v10.
Like many christians, I didn’t have a clue about spiritual gifts when I first started in church. From what I saw around me, no-one had a particular ministry – other than the minister – and the idea was to serve wherever the need was the greatest.
Now, while there’s a good case to be made for churches being full of servers who ‘help out’ when needed, that’s not what is being said in Ephesians where Paul writes: ‘God…created us anew…so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.’ You see, God’s Kingdom is more proactive than that! More intentional! It’s not just throwing our weight behind a good endeavour. It’s being part of God’s plan – knowing how we have been spiritually equipping and the passion He has given us – then taking the lead!
If you don’t know the primary spiritual gift God has given you, please do take the spiritual gift test using either the app or e-book. Get proactive! Discover your God-given passion and don’t just help out or stand on the sidelines – God waited a long time to equip you so respond and realise your spiritual potential so the body of Christ will be stronger by the end of today because of it!