This Sunday we’re launching a new four week series called “Beautiful Gift” at Northstar Church.
The truth is that God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. Passages like 1 Corinthians 12, Romans 12, and 1 Peter 4 go into specific detail about spiritual gifts and how they should be used. They include the gift of wisdom, the gift of knowledge, the gift of faith, the gift of healing, the gift of miracles, the gift of prophecy, the gift of discernment, the gift of tongues, and the gift of interpretation of tongues.
Discovering and utilizing your spiritual gifts is one of the most exciting adventures a person can have with God. And because your spiritual gift reflects God’s design and direction for your life, you’ll find great passion, joy, and satisfaction in using the abilities God gives to every believer to further His kingdom. These gifts play a large role in answering the question, “What should I do with the life God gave me?”
It is easy to spot someone who is gifted in a certain area. They are usually exceptionally good at using their gift and happy doing so. Yet, no matter how gifted an individual is in a particular area, rarely, if ever, will one individual be exceptional in every area of life. No matter how good I may be in teaching each Sunday, I have to depend on other people to program my computer or help my children do calculus problems. And I am no doubt pretty normal in that regard.
Northstar is a body ministry where each of us are needed and each gift that God has distributed among us is needed. While men and women share many of these gifts, in this series we will focus on the beautiful gifts that women possess.
In preparation for this series I considered the “beautiful gifts” I have seen in women in the form of practical, intellectual and creative abilities. At Northstar we have seen the beautiful gift of singing or playing an instrument to the glory of God. There are beautiful writers and people with beautiful computer and layout skills. Not to mention those with beautiful finance skills and contrary to the stereotype, beautiful carpenters, painters, and “wherever” my help is needed women.
I have seen women with the beautiful gift of witnessing on the saving gospel of Jesus Christ. I have seen beautiful friendly phone calls, sympathetic listeners, reassuring notes, helpful visits, practical contributions in times of need, and open homes where hospitality abounds. I have seen the beautiful gift of ministering to other women since they are more likely to understand their needs and their problems. I have seen the beautiful gift of leading a small group, setting up conferences and camps with the beautiful gift of organization.
I could go on, but I won’t for the sake of brevity. Just let me say that Northstar, like every church, needs those who who use their beautiful gifts to strengthen the network of believers, who encourage the knitting together of hearts in love “...that their hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, to reach all the riches of full assurance of understanding and the knowledge of God’s mystery, which is Christ.” Colossians 2:2
Over the next four weeks we will take a look at four “beautiful gifts” not included in the list from 1 Corinthians 12 and offer some practical insight on how to use these gifts effectively.
Week one is on the Gift of Influence.
I believe this will be a powerful series for both men and women. Don’t miss the opportunity to worship and experience God’s word firsthand. Join us at one of our campuses or online this Sunday, May 5.