Spiritual Gifts - the Ugly

The "ugly" side of spiritual gifts is revealed in a few specific ways of thinking about these gifts.

* I HAVE "_______ GIFT" SO I'M BETTER/MORE IMPORTANT THAN YOU.
This is what I call "spiritual snobbery."  There are some Christian groups, and individuals, out there who subscribe to the notion that a particular gift is "the evidence" that one has the Holy Spirit of God.  My goal is not to make a Bible Study out of this blog entry, but check out 1 Corinthians chapters 12-14, and you will find that just isn't the case.  There is also the tendency of some particular personality types that, at times, indicate, "Well, I have the gift of Prophecy (or Leadership or Teaching) so you MUST listen to ME!"  Spiritual snobbery certainly brings ugly into the spiritual gifts conversation.

* I DON'T HAVE "________ GIFT" SO I DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT THAT AREA.
This is the "spiritual cop-out."  This attitude just doesn't hold water for a follower of Jesus.  Those things listed as spiritual gifts are my responsibility even if I do not possess a particular gift.  For instance, I do not have the spiritual gifts of helps(service), giving, or mercy(compassion).  This doesn't let me off the hook when it comes to helping/serving others (you cannot follow Jesus and not serve), nor giving as I can to the needs I am aware of, nor showing compassion and extending mercy when it is called for.  The spiritual cop-out brings the ugly of selfishness out in us if we let it.

* EVERYONE SHOULD USE "__________ GIFT" BECAUSE I DO.
This is what I call "spiritual should disease."  Often this is evident in conversations where phrases such as, "I feel like you should do _______" and "I just don't understand why others don't _______."  The Bible is clear that not everyone has every gift; actually it is pretty clear that no one has every gift.  Your spiritual gifts are not there to point out what others should do, but for you to do what God has gifted you uniquely to do.  "Spiritual should disease" brings ugly into our relationships if we don't guard against it.

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