We are continuing with the subject of gifts, talents, and skills in biblical reference. We now know in whatever we do, we should work at it with all our hearts, as working for the Lord, and not for human masters, but also why it’s important to utilize our talents and gifts.
But do you know that all good gifts come from God? In the book of James chapter 1 verse 17 in Amplified Bible translation, it says that “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].”
What does it mean then? It means that all the good things we do have they come from God. It is God Who gives us every single good thing in our lives and He never changes. He doesn’t change when our circumstances change. He doesn’t go from being a good God to a bad God. God is good all the time.
In fact, the Lord Jesus even said in the Book of Matthew chapter 5 from verses 43 to 48 that we should be loving and forgiving like our Father God in Heaven. He said “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the tax collectors do so? Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”
God is good all the time. He is the source of all good; He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For instance; the Sun you enjoy during the day, or the air your breath every day did not come from the enemy of GOD. Where do you think the food you eat came from? Where do you think your writing gift came from? Where do you think life comes from?
So every good thing comes from God. He is the source of all good. If you have anything good in your life, just know its source comes from God. So it’s up to us to use the good rightly and for more good, because sometimes God may give us good gifts and things, and if we are not carefully we may use it wrongly, and destroy the good intention why God created it in the first place.
And Apostle James in this Bible Scripture said in God there is no rising or setting or shadow, for He is ever and always light.
Don’t we all say that when we face adversity or going through hard times ‘we are in our darkest moments?’ Sometimes in this world, shadows or darkness may fall on us. So if we turn away from God during those seasons of our lives, we will only go deeper into more shadow and darkness. But if we go to Him, He will bring His light into our lives. And the darkness and shadow will have no choice but to surrender to the light, because God can even call light out of darkness.
In the book of Genesis chapter 1 verses 1 to 5, it records “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and He separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning—the first day.”
So we see that God called light out of darkness. He can create life from your darkest situations. From today, whatever good you see in your life, just know it comes from God. Don’t give the credit to the enemy of God, the ruler of darkness, and of this world, because the enemy can destroy the good intention of God and twist it to do wrong.
We see it in our lives. For instance, the issue of homosexuality; God created a man and a woman for a reason. Its common sense, you don’t need supernatural wisdom and extra brain to know homosexuality does not come from God.
God said in Genesis chapter 1 verse 28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
God had His reason to create male and female. He even said go and be fruitful, multiply, and replenish the earth. You were born from a father and a mother union, and today you say what? You need to be delivered from your wrong mindset, and whatever the kingdom of darkness representors have done to you? Homosexuality is the plan of the enemy of God to destroy God’s creation and original good intention. Anybody in his and her right mind will know homosexuality is wrong. Something is wrong somewhere.
In the books of 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and 13, Apostle Paul clearly mentioned, using the Church as a living body that it is God Who gives good gifts. He gave an example of spiritual gifts that He gives to His people to serve His Church.
In 1 Corinthians chapter12 verses 1 to 11, Apostle Paul said, “Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand this. You know that when you were still pagans, you were led astray and swept along in worshiping speechless idols. So I want you to know that no one speaking by the Spirit of God will curse Jesus, and no one can say Jesus is Lord, except by the Holy Spirit. There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Holy Spirit Who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
And then Apostle Paul continue saying from 1 Corinthians chapter 12 verses 18 to 31, and to 1 Corinthians chapter 13 verses 1 to 3, and the Bible records that “But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.” In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad. All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages. Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not!
So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts. But now let me show you a way of life that is best of all. If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.”
After that He describes about love, and why is the greatest gift of them all.
Apostle Paul said, you can have all the gifts, but make sure you don’t lack love. He even said love is greatest even than faith and hope. You know, sometimes we can have faith, but a negative faith. When we have faith but do not walk in love; it is called a bad faith. I mean, to steal somebody else’s husband or wife, how many of you do you know it also requires faith? And it’s a bad faith because she or he ain’t yours.
True story: There was this woman, a godly woman, finding the truth about her life, and what is going on. One day she stumbles upon the truth that she wished to never find out. This woman was naked on the top for years because there was another woman holding her covering cloth (in other words her supposed to be husband). Suffering for years, trying to wearing a pant of her covering cloth that he was supposed to do to figuring the puzzle of her life. One day she found out not only she was naked on the top, the pant doesn’t fit her, because while the man was creating the good life, God was changing her to become a different woman, a godly woman. Apparently, he met on his path a beautiful woman, a mistress, and covered her with his jacket, that was meant for this woman. Both they didn’t know I guess, so innocently perhaps she took this woman’s garment, and left her naked with shame and pain. For years she didn’t have a choice, she had to take charge. This mistress not only took her chair and garment, she went on using her covering cloth, using him (her covering cloth) to make a good life for herself making sure they never meet on their pathways. But God had a plan, while this mistress was accomplishing her plans, making sure the man is lost to the maximum, being lead astray and lead other astray, God was making this woman, preparing, establishing and rooting her, knowing that one day she will find out the truth, and she has to decide, to make fait or make faith. She now forced to walk in love, to the man who feels like a big stranger, because he doesn’t know and so blinded, slaved with money, but other men are mocking him, because these other men are wishing if they could just put their hands to take his destiny, and cover this woman of her nakedness and take the man’s place. Now the woman is left to forgive and continue to forever hope in pain and shame until one day the man will be delivered from his blindness, or to just forgive but cut that piece part of her destiny, choose faith without him, and move on with her life.
Things happen to real people folks that can make them very easily discouraged to walk in love. But like the Lord Jesus said, “For if you love those who love you, what reward have you?” Love is God’s greatest commandment.
So it is God Who gives good gifts. And I mean all good gifts you can think of. So we might as well choose to do good with it for ourselves and others and making sure God, the one Who has given us those good gifts will be glorified in our lives. In my perspective, I would also add and say the greatest gift apart from Salvation, also known as the Lord Jesus Christ, and Eternal Life, is Love. You can have all these good gifts, but if you miss God and to walk in love, even the good you have in your life could turn out sour.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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