Wednesday, January 19, 2022

😎🐫🎤 Christ’s peace and presence be with you.  In last Wednesday’s message we discussed your baptism and commission in Christ. 

I shared with you that, we are empowered and called upon to prepare the way, so that every single person has the opportunity to experience the sacrifice, forgiveness, peace, and love that Christ wants each of us to know, understand, and accept in the depths of our spirit. 

On our own, that’s a pretty tall order, but by our baptism, we are no longer alone and the Holy Spirit equips us for success, His success.  And His success, more times than not, will look very differently than what we may consider success.

1 Corinthians 12: 4-11, “There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit; there are different forms of service but the same Lord; there are different workings but the same God who produces all of them in everyone.

To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.  To one is given through the Spirit the expression of wisdom; to another the expression of knowledge according to the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit; to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.

But one and the same Spirit produces all of these, distributing them individually to each person as He wishes.”

As you can see and I’m sure probably already realize, we received the proper portion and variety of spiritual gifts that we need to successfully fulfill our commission.  With that being said, it’s very important that you talk with the Lord to confirm and validate what He has commissioned you for and be mindful not to try to take on what has been commissioned for someone else.  Just because you may have the spiritual gift, doesn’t always mean a particular commission is for you.  Spiritual gifts are incredible tools, but if you don’t pay attention to the guidance that come with them, you may end up misusing your gifts.  Communication with the Lord about your gifts is key to successfully completing your portion of the commission. 

John 2: 1-11 describes to us Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding at Cana, in which Jesus turns water into wine.  You may remember that Jesus didn’t want to do this miracle and told His mother, “My hour has not yet come.”  So, if it was up to Him, He would have put off His commission.  But Mary was using her spiritual gifts and did as the Lord commissioned her to do in that moment.  Sometimes our commission is to initiate the conversation.  Other times it’s to receive the conversation and act accordingly.  Other times, we are likened to servers at the wedding who drew the water in order for Christ to change it to wine.  And still other times, we are like the headwaiter and wedding guess that receive the benefits of the miracle, even though we are blind to the source or even the knowledge that it was the product of a miracle. 

Each of us have received specific spiritual gifts, which equip us for a successful commission.  Your commission is a part of the whole, and you will need to communicate with the Lord to ensure you know your hour.

Bless others and be blessed.

If the Lord has touched you in some way with His message today, I ask that you pay it forward by sharing this message, so that you and He may also bless others.  Click subscript to receive your message every Wednesday.

#JasonGray – With Every Act of Love

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