NOW, concerning Spiritual Gifts, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be ignorant( 1 Corinthians 12:1) For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many , are one body in Christ and individually members one of another having gifts that differ ACCORDING TO THE GRACE GIVEN TO US LET US USE THEM. (Romans 12:4-6)
Our brother, Pastor Chris, has been telling us a lot about “spirit ” gifts from Daddy. He has also told us about how they look in folks when folks receive them from Daddy. Every gift looks a little different. But, when the gifts are all put together, like pieces of a puzzle, they display the body of Jesus. Our bestest friend , The Holy Ghost , gives us the gifts from heaven AND is the Person who puts the pieces together to make the body. It is so awesomely supernatural how this all works.
Sometimes, I think our brother Chris is so amazed about what he is teaching he doesn’t have the words to speak. That’s the time I see that the Holy Ghost has to talk for him . Other times, Pastor picks big words to describe all this eternal action. He will say things like “Its the Manifestation of the Impartation of the Glory of God” . Kids like me, get all curious about those Holy Ghost words and especially those big words that Big Brothers say to describe Daddy’s doings.
It feels like “Impartation” is Daddy’s giving of the gift and “Manifestation” is The Holy Ghost showing off of the gift. But , I really couldn’t be sure of it all until I started seeing how it worked in Daddy’s children at RLOC . It all first started making sense when I started watching my brother Colon open presents from Daddy . Lots of old folks of faith may say ” silly girl of course ‘seeing is believing’.” I found out different along time ago. I found, for the Kids of Daddy, “Hearing then, believing is seeing”.(1) I had to hear lots of things about gifts before I ever saw what I saw in my Brother Colon. .
See, I don’t know much bout naming and describing all these gifts. I just know I saw Daddy decide to give Colon a gift one day. And I saw everything our Brother Chris talked about get unwrapped in Colon .Since that day , I think alot about how Daddy’s gifts look. They look like different sides of His face. I can’t say that I ever saw Daddy close up. But , I can say that when I look at His presents, it seems like His presents are part of His Presence . That means, they look like a glimpse of the glorious grace Daddy gave in Our Savior Jesus. Gifts of Grace make everything bright and new . For certain they are light and so bright , our faces start to look like Moses’. (2)
Daddy ‘s letters seem to clump gifts all in categories. like “Mercy”,” Healing”, “Teaching” and such (3). Its like He is taking a whole bunch of His Glory, dividing it up in piles, then packing it tight in a box and putting a name tag on it. He always wraps it with Love. Finally, He gives it personally to each of His children though the hand of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is a person with hands and His hands are always giving something from Daddy. And the way He does this is just like Jesus would do it.
Our Big brother Paul writes the name of every gift off the tags in letters he wrote to the Corinthian and Ephesian and Roman folks. When I read these letters I think of how generous Daddy is . Then , I cant help but think how He showed His giving self best when He gave me Jesus , Seeing the greatness of Jesus, I can only bet that there are more gifts in Daddy’s glorious lap than our puny little hands can hold!!. (4) Maybe that’s why Pastor Chris tells us that sometimes Daddy gives gifts through other folks hands.
But sometimes its not that there is too much to hold but that we just dont want to hold anything from Daddy. We have lots of excuses for not being able to hold the things Daddy is giving us. Some of us have our hands all balled into fists, others have clasped hands behind heads like we are bored. Others of us have gripping and gropping hands on phones and people and pets and stuff. And still others have busy hands or bound hands that forget to open and receive. .We just can’t be mad or busy or bound and at the same time, expect to get a present from Daddy. We must have open empty hands to get a present.
And, even though Daddy is always saying to us ” eagerly want all my presents child of God”,(5) we cant get a single gift any way but by Him giving it to us. So, when Daddy says for us to want and desire all His gifts , He does not want us to look jealous at a brother or sisters’ gift like we are fixing to steal it or trade it. Daddy gives generously and so He doesn’t like our jealous want of a” gift exchange”. Its just not how He does business. His distribution is to give and give ” as He will”
‘Cause Jesus really did “pay it All” , there ain’t no money exchanged in this gift purchase either! Jesus bought all of them in advance. Still, Daddy knows some folks try to buy gifts. He tells bout such a boy named Simon in Acts 9. This boy was really greedy and tried to buy the whole Holy Ghost! Daddy bout “smote” that boy out of this world .
For us who receive the gifts, a whole new world is created on earth. Sometimes I tell Daddy that I would like to see His kids give their gifts a whirl all at once on a Sunday ! I asked Him about this often until one day He answered. He said that we can’t all be using our gifts at one time. He says it causes confusion and Daddy likes to keep things both beautiful and orderly in His house.(6)
Hearing Daddy’s instruction , I wonder if we kinda hold our gifts behind our back cause we are a little scared . When we first get a gift from Daddy we feel like it might explode and be too noisy. Its quiets me to remember that every instruction is from His Love. And there ain’t nothing scary bout Love. (7) Still , it does seem like we could turn the world upside down with these gifts Daddy gives us. Some of our older brothers certainly did just that (book of ACTS ). Daddy says they were “bold” but they were patient too . They always listened for Daddy to say “it’s time for show and tell”. Jesus is always praying that we will have ears to hear The Holy Ghost speak : ” it’s your turn child of God ” ” Show , tell,that Daddy may be glorified” .
Before we can ” show and tell”, we gotta know two things , our brother Pastor Chis says. We gotta know we have a gift and that gift is for giving Daddy’s Love away.
On Sunday , Daddy always has a Big Gift giveaway. Big empty hands reach out and hold Daddy’s gifts that He spills out from heavenly places. . Sometimes I run around the house trying to see what somebody got as a gift from Daddy. Lots of times I see kids show off their gifts without knowing what they are doing . And sometimes I get to see gifts in brothers and sisters when I am not even looking for them. It is really a beautiful thing.
Like the time when I saw the gift Daddy put in my brother Colon’s hands. The gift that Daddy gave brother Colon was a gift that at first looked really small .Even my brother, Pastor Chris, asked “you sure you see that sister?”
I told him I did. ” yep it’s there brother” I squinted .
Truth be told, I could barely see it. The Holy Ghost just gave me a glimpse for a second. But, the more I looked at this gift, in Daddy’s house, the more I would see it get REAL and BIG and FAT. It was like one of those little sponges in a capsule that gets real big with just a few drops of water.
See, Daddy can put just a few drops of water on something and suddenly, it explodes out of its plastic capsule and looks alive. Paul calls our “capsules” “jars of clay”. Old dry Georgia clay looks a little different with a few drops of water. But, we look a whole lots different with a few drops of Holy Ghost water. Big and awe filled, like some creature of Daddy God’s glory. We might want to give what we see a certain name from Daddy’s word list of gifts. We might call it “mercy,”or “hospitality”, or . . .Well, I’m not the one to give a name except to tell you it looked like the Gospel busting out of a plastic shell. It couldn’t help but come out under the spout of the Holy Ghost looking like Jesus in resurrection power.
Maybe, that big word “Impartation” looks like a little thing and ” Manifestation” looks really big. One thing is for sure: they both look and act like Daddy’s Love busting out of a shell. And like Jesus, busting out of rocks , its got the power to heal the sick , feed the hungry, cast out demons and raise the dead. Its got that power as we “show and tell” .
(to be continued) see “The Grace Gift Giveaway :Brother Colon’s Gift”
- Romans 10 especially 14-21 where Daddy explains He is presently calling us but we do not see Him and His salvation through Jesus until we hear and believe.
- 2 Corinthians 3:18 And we all with unveiled face beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
- Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians, 1 Peter 4
- Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.
- 1 Corinthians 12:14 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit who apportions to each one individually as he wills
- 1 Corinthians 14:40 But all things should be done decently and in order.
- 1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love cast out fear. For fear has to do with punishment and whoever fears has not been perfected in Love. Hear also Tuesday night bible study https://soundcloud.com/vunglaub/love-is-romans12-pastor-chris