Spiritual Gifts | Devotion #1: Unused Gift
Ryan Story | Location Pastor – Burton
Have you ever received a gift that you knew for a fact you did not want? Have you ever been given a gift, knowing you did not want it, but you knew you could not exchange it? We all know we have a bread maker or some random salt and pepper shakers that only comes out when the relative who gave them to you comes and visits. My wife and I received a gift for our wedding that is hanging up in our spare bathroom. I was thankful for the gift, it was not my “style,” I knew I could not get rid of it, so the only logical choice was to put it somewhere where we did not have to see it.
Sadly, we tend to treat God like that. Every person who has received the gift of salvation by putting their faith into what Jesus did for us on the cross, has received the greatest gift of all time, the Holy Spirit. John 16:8-9 says, “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment: concerning sin, because they do not believe in me.” Jesus is telling His disciples that when He leaves, the Holy Spirit would be coming, and Jesus says that the Holy Spirit would be doing a very specific job, convicting the world concerning sin. This is one of those verses that when you read it, the first inclination is to look outward and get excited that someone is about to judge the world for how horrible it is. Then, hopefully, our pride starts to recede, and we realize that we too are just as guilty of sinning, we are just as guilty of unbelief, and we are just as guilty of being judgmental towards others.
Conviction is an amazing gift. To have that feeling that you sinned is such a blessing. It means we are still connected to God. For some reason, we think conviction is a bad thing because it makes us feel bad. Sometimes we need to feel bad over sinning. I feel a major problem in our lives is we tend to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, but we only bring Him out when we want Him. I beg you if you have placed the Holy Spirit in your common hiding place because you do not like how conviction feels, please bring that gift back out in the forefront of your heart and mind.
Confidence can come because you have the gift of the Holy Spirit. You know He wants you to be better. He convicts you to be better than you presently are. When we act on your belief it implies that we want to use the present from our Heavenly Father. When we work on our attitude and mindset, we start to look more like Jesus. When we realize that the gift of confidence brings us closer to Jesus, we should all make sure we are not hiding any gifts and see the value in them.