ACCORDING TO THE APOSTLE PAUL, Christians have been given what we need in order to grow in faithfulness as we wait in expectancy for Christ to be revealed to us. We have what we need, not because of anything we do or own or accomplish, but because God faithfully provides the spiritual gifts required to become and live as people of faith. We are equipped to welcome, receive, follow, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.
If you have a “Christmas list” begun where you list gifts you plan to give, take the list and at the top of it or in the margin, write down three “spiritual gifts” that God has already given you. Some examples might be patience, listening, prayer, compassion, wisdom, gentleness, teaching, faith, peace, healing, etc. Thank God for these gifts, and as the season moves forward, consider how you might share these gifts with others throughout the season.
- Pamela C. Hawkins
From page 31 of Behold! Cultivating Attentiveness in the Season of Advent by Pamela C. Hawkins. Copyright © 2011 by Pamela C. Hawkins. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Name some gifts of the faith that God has given you to share with others. Share your thoughts.
Sing aloud, O daughter Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem!
Zephaniah 3:14, NRSV
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