Are you neglecting God’s gift?
Have you ever got a gift you didn’t need or couldn’t use? You like the gift, but it is put in a closet somewhere or sits on a shelf collecting dust. Sometimes you use the gift for something it was not made for, and you don't get the full benefit of why it was made. Maybe you don’t need it, and it has no true purpose but to “look good” on a shelf for all to see.
God’s gift of Jesus, His Holy Son, is different. He is not wrapped in a pretty bow, or in a box like other gifts. He doesn’t want to sit and look pretty on a shelf. He wants to be used in you, and through you for others for His purpose. He is active and does not sit on a shelf. He does not give like the world gives. His gift came a different way, from the Heavenly realms of God, through a Cross, through a crucifixion, through persecution, betrayal, and blood. His gift came through atonement of our sins, through a resurrection, and the giving of His righteousness through His Spirit.
He is given to us for a purpose, and He works in us, and through us by all the spiritual gifts He gives us of Himself to use in building up His Kingdom for God, His, and through Him, our Heavenly Father. We are not suppose to neglect his gift like we neglect others. His gift is the gift of God, of Himself; He is given to us for His purpose. Many today are neglecting His gift by putting other gifts above Him. They have a love for money, and a love of other things and people above Him. They are wandering from His faith and putting their faith in themselves, other people, money, and pleasures of this world in making them whole and true.
1 Timothy 4:14-16 Do not neglect your gift, which was given to you through a prophetic message when the body of elders laid their hands on you. Be diligent in these matters: give yourself wholly to them, so that every may see your progress. What your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you I, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
Today we who are in Christ are anointed by God through His message of salvation from the Cross, and this anointing can come from God alone as it did with Paul or through His children as it did with Timothy. We have been anointed the fullness of Christ to be used in us for His purpose not for our own motives, and we do not choose what part of Him to mold and shape as we determine, He molds and shapes us as He determines.
Colossians 2:9-12 For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and you have been given fullness in Christ, who is the head over every power and authority. In him you were also circumcised in the putting off of the sinful nature (flesh) not with a circumcision done by the hands of men but with the circumcision done by Christ, having been buried with him in baptism and raised with him through your faith in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.
We are to guard the gifts of Christ, the fullness of Him that has been entrusted to us by God. He and His gifts should be the most important gifts in our life, and not neglected. They come from God Himself! His gifts have been entrusted into our care. We guard them by turning away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas that is falsely called knowledge because it will draw us away from our faith in Him, and we will not be able to use the gifts He has given us properly when we lose faith in Him.
1 Timothy 6:20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what I falsely called knowledge, which some have professed and in so doing have wandered from the faith. Grace be with you.
Through the Spirit we are given all the spiritual gifts of Christ that help our physical, and emotional lives. If we neglect Him we are neglecting His gifts and we will not be walking and speaking through His will for our lives in His fullness in the building up His Kingdom. God does not ever take Him and his gifts away, but we neglect Him and His gifts when we are not obedient to His will. He can’t use His spiritual gifts to work in and through us for His purpose of making us whole in body, spirit, and soul for His sake, if we are neglecting our faith in Him and His gifts.
Ephesians 1:3 Praise be to God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the Heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will-to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.
Today if you notice yourself neglecting His gifts, and you do not want to continue neglecting what He has given you from the Cross, the good news is you can repent, tell him with a sincere heart that you are sorry for putting Him on a shelf, or using parts of Him for your own purpose and use. Tell Him you want to experience the fullness of Him, and He will forgive you and restore your gifts of His Spirit so you can begin speaking and walking through life from all He gives you through His fullness for the building up of His Kingdom.
Grace be with you.