Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
This last weekend many in our church had a powerful encounter with the Holy Spirit. With each person I had the privilege of praying with, God gave me an awareness that He made each person specific and for a purpose. Each person had a specific gift to receive and to begin functioning in — you can find these gifts in 1 Corinthians 12. These special moments allowed me to ponder my own personal journey I have been on — accepting who God made me to be. Not only to be aware of it, but to see myself as a beautiful creation, even with my flaws. This journey made me realize that the spiritual gifts Jesus has given me flow perfectly with who He has made me to be.
The more I encounter stories of people and their pain, the more I equate bad behavior and sin with a past, rooted in painful scars. We can easily become unaware of hurting people and instead blinded with eyes of judgment. We were made to be with each other, yet we spend most of our days comparing and tearing each other down — even ourselves! Not only are our actions rooted in our sinful nature or sin committed against us, they are rooted in how we view ourselves.
When you see yourself the way Christ sees you, even a glimpse, everything changes. We then have a good and healthy place to function from, instead of constantly focusing on our flaws and the sins of others. If you take the time to know who you are in Christ and understand those around you, peace will be in you and flow through you. You are worth it, and so are your relationships.
I have found tools along the way which have given me a chance to work on my own character and gain an understanding of who I am, and how I relate to others. Tools like the Spiritual Gifts test, Enneagram test and Meyers Briggs Personality test. These tools have brought a deeper awareness to my emotional patterns, strengths and weaknesses and has brought me to and through some tough issues to work on.
Romans 12 speaks perfectly to us. It calls us to look at the members of our body and how we all bring something different to the community. This chapter instructs us on how to genuinely love each other. When it comes right down to it, I could have written out Romans 12 and that would have been sufficient. Grab a cup of coffee and a cozy blanket, and take some time to sit and read this chapter — you will be better for it.
Remember this, God makes no mistakes. He made you with purpose and beauty. Learn who you are and value yourself and those around you. After all, we will be together for eternity!