Do I Trust You?
Lord I want to use my gifts for you without envy or doubt because when I doubt the gifts you've given me I'm essentially saying I don't trust you, the giver.
My prayer for this week.
I went back into one of my favorite books this morning, Romans. As a new believer, it was my go to book for studying because it was meaty yet practical to my new identity in Christ.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.4 For as in one body we have many members,[a]and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,[b] with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
In context, the writer, Paul, points to the fact that believer's are one body. Different members of this body have different functions and gifts.These spiritual gifts are tied to faith, which is also a gift given freely.
An Article "Faith: the Root and Trait of All Spiritual Gifts- John Piper" written in DesiringGod.com was helpful in my understanding of this, so I felt it necessary to share. This quote below summarizes this thought.
- As your faith increases, the clarity of your vision of Christ increases. So using your gift in proportion to this faith will mean using it to show Christ with greater clarity. Your words about him will be more lucid and compelling and biblically illuminating.
- As your faith increases, your treasuring of Christ’s worth will increase. So using your gift in proportion to this faith will mean using it with greater passion for Christ’s value.
- As your faith increases, you will trust more fully in Christ’s promises of help. So using your gift in proportion to this faith will mean using it with greater confidence and boldness and courage.
- As your faith increases, you will trust Christ’s constancy and faithfulness more and your faith will be rugged and durable. So using your gift in proportion to this faith will mean using it more steadily and with more resilient perseverance.
- As your faith increases, you will see and savor Christ’s mercy more clearly and feel your own unworthiness more keenly. So using your gift in proportion to this faith will mean using it with more lowliness and meekness.
- As your faith increases, you will see and savor Christ’s all-satisfying greatness more fully. So using your gift in proportion to this faith will mean that you use it with more joy.
Let your week be filled with Joy as you let go of your desires and let them align with with God has for you. Rest in him.