Words from the Heart for Saturday November 12th, 2016
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.
Romans 12:6 (NIV)
Using Our Gift
Whatever your gift or ability, you are encouraged to use it for the building up of others and the exaltation of Christ. Are you drawing attention to yourself or glorifying Christ? Are you speaking humbly and yet not holding back by speaking boldly? Is love for God and others your primary aim?
Few Canadians know of “Mr. L,” an auto worker in Ontario who gave “the gift of life” in 1984 as part of a company blood donor drive. Many more will remember Kenneth Pittman, a 53-year-old heart patient, who died after being infected with AIDS — from Mr. L’s blood. They will also remember Mr. Pittman’s wife, Rochelle, who contracted the virus from her husband because his doctor decided not to inform them of Mr. Pittman’s fatal disease. This tragic story is a microcosm of Canada’s blood scandal. For over a decade, bureaucratic dithering, profits-over-protection responses, a paternalistic medical establishment and uninformed victims combined to create the worst health-care disaster in Canadian history. More than 1,200 people have contracted AIDS from tainted blood — and the dying continues. In his book “The Gift of Death” Andre Picard analyzes this tragic episode in Canadian medical history and calls for a serious re-evaluation of Canada’s outdated blood system.
We all love to receive gifts, and in my books, the best gifts are the most practical. Ones we can put to use to accomplish some good in our world. More and more recently we have been asking that family and friends who want to give us a gift to make a donation to our favourite charity, like Bible League Canada for example, and invest in something that will have eternal impact and will help someone else out. This is a Biblical principle. Paul the apostle writes in Romans 12:6: “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.” In this case, Paul is writing about the specific motivational gifts that God gives to His people to serve others. There are seven gifts he lists in Romans 12, beginning with the gift of prophecy. In this case, he instructs the gifted person to use that gift in accordance with their faith. This is good advice no matter how God has gifted us. The gifts are given to be a blessing to the Body of Christ and to impact the world for Christ. In order for that to happen, we are called to put our gift to work by faith, trusting the Lord to guide us so that our gift can have the greatest impact.
These have been words from the heart.