Yesterday I wrote about I Corinthians 12 and it being the gifts chapter. I said I was going to expound on it today as I reread it. Well, this was Earnie’s thinking. God had a different plan in mind which I understand much more as of this morning. Most of us know that I Corinthians 13 is the love chapter. It explains so beautifully why it trumps all other gifts defined well in chapter 12. Man, left to his own selfishness will take these gifts and attempt to use them for his own “glory”. Love is the intended motivation God has for each of us to use whatever gift/s He gives each of us. I wanted to go deeper into the gifts God provided me when He wanted me to understand His deeper purpose for any gift–love Him and His creation, those around me who need love.
In John 6:63 it says, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.” As a boy I was beat up verbally by dad because I was very different from him in my “gifts”. I longed to have the abilities he had so I could be like him and my brothers who seemed to be skilled like he was. My eyes were on my earthly father and what I wasn’t in comparison to him. His words made me think I was a failure. This was the life I had to overcome. What I’m seeing so much more clearly today is what John 6:63 says. God’s Word is spirit and life. He gave me the gifts I possess as life and my spirit is motivated to complete these gifts. Chapter 13 of I Corinthians goes on to say that when I use my gifts in love I am doing so to complete God’s purposes which are life. These are the words of God.
I listened to the words of my dad all through my childhood years thinking I had to be something I wasn’t. Thus I had to use what I did possess to prove to man I was worthwhile. This never worked because I was looking only at the gifts from man’s lens and from man’s words. God’s Words said He gave me gifts to use to complete His work and let His Words define me. This is His Love and He wants this love passed on to others through the gifts He’s given me and to each of us. Boy, I don’t want to lose sight of this again.