Re-gifting

Have you ever been re-gifted? I don’t know if I have, but I’m sure someone has pulled one over on me!

When we re-gift someone at Christmas or a birthday, we do it because we have something we have no use for or want to pawn off on someone else.

In light of that, reflect on 1 Corinthians 12:7

A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

God gives us gifts not because He can’t use them or they are tacky. He gives spiritual gifts so we can be a blessing.

We are given something pretty special from God himself – a gift that fits into his master plan. When we identify our gifts from God our tendency is to be human and keep it to ourselves or only use it when it benefits us in the greatest possible way. But that’s not what God calls us to is it?

Remember Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 12:7,

A spiritual gift is given (from God through the Spirit) to each of us so we can help each other. Emphasis is mine

God wants us to re-gift one of the greatest things we’ve ever been given. Isn’t that just like God? He always seems to turn it all upside down.

In what ways has God asked you to give away the awesome gifts He has given you?

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One thought on “Re-gifting

  1. I am a happy re-gifter both of the gifts God has given me and of the things others have given me that I just can’t use (although recently I rid my house of all those things so have to generate a new pile of items worthy of regifting!! hehe). I have discovered that when I am at my lowest in terms of energy levels (physical, mental or emotional) and choose to give of my time or energies to others, God ends up filling me up to overflowing so I can give more. It’s cool!

    What I find frustrating though is seeing gifts I know he has given me not being used….and it’s not because I am not willing for them to be used but because there just doesn’t seem to be opportunity. Or he’s asking me to grow in the use of other gifts instead. I have to remind myself that there are seasons and purposes to everything and I may not always know what they are but He does and he’s fully aware of each gift he has given to each of us and how best those things are to be used. I just need to be willing and available for him to use however and whenever he wants. Not always easy to rest in that, especially when you really want to use those gifts that have taken a back burner.

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