To find spiritual happiness, one must know that it’s missing. “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor.” Matt. 5:3. They dig deep into the pockets of their soul and find them empty. No longer wanting to be a slave to sin they seek refuge in the mighty power of God’s Grace. “For I know that good itself does not dwell in me…” Rom. 7:18. The empty feeling of being spiritually poor will never be resolved if wanting nothing more than a long-distance relationship with our Lord. It might patch some of the potholes along the way, but that is all. Having reached this cross-road, one can choose to stay on the road of denial, that they can do everything in their own strength, or they can take a giant leap of faith into the welcoming arms of God. Having waited patiently for this moment, God seals their union (new covenant) with the most precious of gifts. Unlike a gold wedding band, He fills and empowers his beloved with the sharing of his “Holy Spirit.” “When you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him (Christ), you were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit.” Eph. 1:13. The sacrifice and love that wraps these gift is next to impossible for us to fully grasp. However, if the new believer follows Christ’s example, and uses their gifts to feed others who are spiritually hungry, everyone witnessing will feel God’s presence. On the flip side, if the fruit leaves a bitter after-taste, it is not spirit-filled, but rather ego-centered. One of the most beautiful and powerful illustrations of God’s Holy Spirit at work and alive is in a healthy church where all the members are using their gifts in perfect harmony. “Overflowing with Love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” Gal. 5:22-23.
Are your gifts being shared regularly, or are they taking up space in your closet?