K Neill Foster

Daily Doctrine

A daily devotional by Dr. K. Neill Foster

for October 28, 2020

Spiritual Gifts Anyone?

Text: "I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong" Romans 1:11.

Inviting an apostle to visit your church was one of the ways spiritual gifts were disbursed and received in New Testament times. Or, as Paul put it, he wanted to visit them so that they might receive a spiritual gift.

We need to remind ourselves that 1) spiritual gifts are not marks of spirituality, 2) they are to be coveted earnestly, and 3) they are dispersed as God wills. These concepts fly in the face of a good deal of teaching on this subject.

It is often supposed that every Christian receives a package of spiritual gifts which are his or hers for the duration. It is true that spiritual gifts are given by God and that all Christians have their very own special gift-mix. But, and this is a marvelous "but," there is the possibility of the addition and multiplication of spiritual gifts, just, as always, we Christians may grow in grace and increase in the knowledge of God.

That seems to me to be reason enough to ask the Lord if your spiritual gift-mix is yet complete.

-knf

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