Expecting God to do more in your life?

Then what have you done with what He has deposited in you? This truth hit me as I was reading a book, the focus of which was the work of the Holy Spirit in a believer’s life. As I was reading, I realised a well-known spiritual principle that I had not considered in the context of gifts of the Holy Spirit. Jesus taught us a parable about talents and their use in Matthew 25. This well-known parable is about servants being given various talents. The man who used what he was given was given more and the one who didn’t use his, lost what he had. I have always thought about the application of this parable solely in terms of individual gifts, abilities and talents but never in the context of spiritual gifts. The Holy Spirit gives us gifts in accordance with His wisdom and grace. After all, the scriptures state that His gifts and calling are irrevocable which I think means the seed would always remain but perhaps would not mature into fruitfulness. Either way, to receive a gift and not use it is no light matter with God. God wants us to have a workable knowledge of His gifts and we know that each of us has been given at least one gift. When God gives you a gift, He expects you to use it. As you do, it will increase. I believe that as we put that gift to use in our lives, He will give us more opportunities to grow and increase the gifting. So back to today’s question, are you expecting God to do more in your life? Many times we might be asking for a greater manifestation of God’s power when perhaps God is waiting for us to use what He has already given us, so that He can increase it. Therefore, let’s do a self-reflection and ask ourselves a few simple questions: a)      Am I aware of the spiritual gift that He has given me? b)      Am I using the gift regularly? c)       Are people being blessed by the exercise of this gift – remember it has been given for the common good? d)      Am I experiencing an increase in the workings of spiritual gifts? If the answer to these questions is no, then at least you know where to start. Take steps today and ask God to reveal the gifts He has given you. If the answer is yes, then like Paul we need to continue to pray for an increase and more grace. We can never get to the place where we have ‘arrived’. Let’s pray for a continual infilling of the Holy Spirit and corresponding increase in the giftings of God. Today’s post is short and to the point, so until I appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed   Ola

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About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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