Thursday, February 21, 2019

Believers' Gifts




Believers discover their gifts as they travel down the road of life.  One such gift is helping others.  But its purpose isn’t only to enrich people - the poor and well-to-do alike, but to enlighten them.  To accomplish these blessings it’s necessary to have an active spiritual life.  A French Enlightenment writer, historian and philosopher Voltaire (16941778) wrote, “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”  Here’s a focus on some of our wonderful gifts e.g., Nature, Knowledge, Peace, and the Holy Spirit. 

Nature

A liberal politician, philanthropist and scientist John Lubbock (18341913) said, “Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea, are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books.”  With ecologically consciousness minds there’s much talk and action about caring as God’s stewards of nature.  Each day people should care for the trees, rivers, lakes, mountains and valleys.  They ought to experience the surge in the life of birds, fishes, and the abundance of wildlife in our parks, forests, and jungles.  Unlike information in books Lubbock saw nature as teaching many things.  It provides us with joy, comfort, food, clothing, and medicine.

Knowledge

A Classical Greek philosopher Socrates (470/469 BC399 BC) wrote, “To know, is to know that you know nothing.  That is the meaning of true knowledge.”  Socrates was referring to our senses that are deceptive.  Even with science in empirical studies there are often unintentional observational errors.  Most people do experience the throes of life with hardships, difficulties, and illnesses that teach them lessons.  As they endeavor to decipher life’s questions their thought-processes are at times polluted by their undeveloped senses.  In some studies they are left wondering what has happened to the knowledge they once thought was true.  With such changes they might conclude like the preeminent English poet and playwright William Shakespeare (15641616): “Ignorance is the curse of God; knowledge the wing wherewith we fly to heaven.”  True knowledge could only be found through the workings of the Holy Spirit.

Peace

An Indian politician and attorney Mahatma Gandhi (18691948) said, “An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind.”  That’s why forgiving our fellowmen and women are important.  That’s why with life’s possibilities as channels of peace people continue doing missionary work.  It’s a good thing to practice purity, and view it as a goal to perpetuate.  As the German born physicist Albert Einstein (18791955) wrote, “Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” In order to find common ground problems arising between nations have to be candidly discussed in order to find lasting solutions.

The Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is a free gift from God.  He’s the greatest outpouring any believer can have.  Undoubtedly he’s a life-giving force and the light of life.  By him believers enjoy a supreme quality of life - one that’s enlightening, new, and full of everlasting love.  His presence is sustained by a lifestyle of caring, and compassion toward others.  By living piously believers partake of the abiding truth of the Spirit. A senior pastor of the First Baptist Church Charles Stanley (b. 1932) said, “Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally.  Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.”

   

            

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