Today’s Scripture: As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1¬†Peter¬†4:10

I once heard a humorous story that illustrates Spiritual Gifts. Three men were to be executed by guillotine. One of them claimed to have the gift of faith as the guillotine’s blade was lifted. He exclaimed, “I have faith that the Lord will stop that blade!” as the blade dropped, it stopped right before ending his life.

Amazed, the executioner let him go and grabbed the second believer. This one claimed to have the gift of prophecy. As the blade was raised again, he shouted, “I prophesy that this blade will not take my life!” The executioner released the blade… but it didn’t take his life.

Shocked, he let the second believer go and summoned for the next one with a far less confident voice. The third man who claimed he had the gift of helps ascended the stairs. As he was laid face up and staring at the razor sharp blade he exclaimed, “I think I see what was keeping the blade from coming all the way down! If you just loosen that rope a bit, it should fix the problem.” And that is why no one seems to seek the gift of helps!

Individual talents are a sought after commodity. Many church goers feel that the bigger and brighter the gifts are, the better. But, this is not true. Gifts were given to each of us in order to enable many ministries. Spiritual gifts are empowered by God, not by our own human endeavors. He does not empower us so that we can be showy and prideful, but rather that we may profit the church as a whole. Gifts were not designed for individual enjoyment but for corporate employment.

Sometimes God is going to do some unusual things with you. Your life situations may not always make sense, but the end result should always be that the Spirit of God is on display. Don’t try to shine to the point that you make others feel like they have less to offer the Lord than you do. He must increase, and we must decrease. If this is not your attitude today, take a little time alone with God, and let Him work in your heart and mind.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.