Thursday, October 21, 2021

What GIFT would you LEAVE the world?


1 Peter 4:10

King James Version

10 As every man hath received the gift, 

even so minister the same one to another, 

as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

What, do you think, is your best gift to the world?

What legacy would you leave?

Is it of self?

Your kids?

Your accomplishments?

Your wealth?

Your knowledge?

Your wisdom?

Your cheer?

Something tangible?

Something invisible?

A name on a billboard?

A line of products?

Your name on things you own?

A foundation, perhaps?

A kind heart?

A generous heart?

An obscure presence?

The presence of the SPIRIT of GOD in you?

Will you draw up a will, which covers all people, so there won't be future fights?

What comes to mind, when you are asked -- in passing -- what gift would you leave the world?

What have you got, that you can give?

What, do you think, GOD gave you to share?

What about others who have nothing, or depend on others for love, and care?

Aren't they gifts, in themselves?

Don't they teach us to love, to be patient, to be compassionate, to suffer alongside them?

Teaching us to be CHRIST-like?

That's for sure.

For myself, being born again, living the simplest, most basic life, I can only refer to this verse:

James 1:17

King James Version

17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, 

and cometh down from the Father of lights, 

with whom is no variableness, 

neither shadow of turning.

By myself, I don't own anything.

Which is good, for when the LORD JESUS comes, and we meet Him up in the air, we will not bring anything with us.

The world doesn't have any hook in my soul.

1 Timothy 6:7

King James Version

7 For we brought nothing into this world, 

and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

JESUS only cares our hearts are perfected in God.

He left us commandments, in order to do so.

The whole BIBLE reveals God's commands, prophecies, and JESUS.

We are not without help, while on earth.

If our gift is to be acceptable, in the eyes of GOD, we must first become born again.

Only then can the SPIRIT of GOD teach us the ways of His Spirit.

Without the SPIRIT of GOD, we will merely rely on fallible human ways, which continue to thrive.

Not necessarily in full awareness of God's ways.

If you walk with the Spirit, you will recognize these gifts:

1 Corinthians 12:7-11

King James Version

7 But the manifestation of the Spirit 

is given to every man to profit withal.

8 For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; 

to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit;

9 To another faith by the same Spirit; 

to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit;

10 To another the working of miracles; 

to another prophecy; 

to another discerning of spirits; 

to another divers kinds of tongues; 

to another the interpretation of tongues:

11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, 

dividing to every man severally as he will.

May our hearts be right with God.

May we believe in the Lord Jesus.

May we become born again.

May we walk with the Spirit.

The world will be blessed by such awareness on our part.

SPIRIT will guide us how to serve GOD, and others, best.

And it's always for His GLORY, not ours.

Psalm 29:2

King James Version

2 Give unto the Lord 

the glory due unto his name; 

worship the Lord 

in the beauty of holiness.

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