Devotional—The Struggle of Sanctification—Sonya Johnson
“Have you ever wondered why you were born on your birthdate?” Pastor John Lomacang
“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.” (1 Peter 2:9-10)
The Apostle Paul also provides us with an answer to this thought-provoking question.
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. (1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NLT)
For those of us who are living in these last days, it is an intentional act of God. We are chosen to use our spiritual gift(s) to witness the message of hope to individuals filled with despair and hopelessness. God has designated us to help finish the work so he can send His Son, Jesus Christ to bring the righteous to their Heavenly home.
What is your spiritual gift? Whether we are prayer warriors, speakers, writers, caregivers, or called to minister to the sick, homeless, abused, and neglected, it is not one of convenience. God expects us to use our gifts every day. The Holy Spirit is aware of our earthly responsibilities. Even so, there are diverse ways to use our gifts, which will be revealed by our Teacher and Guide.
God expects that we pray daily for the anointing of the Holy Spirit who will direct us on how to use our gifts for the given day. Christ left us with an example. He faithfully witnessed every day during His short 33 years of life. When we love God with all of our heart, soul, and mind, we are eager to serve Him. Yes, we are chosen to glorify God by using our gifts.
Prayer: God, we ask for the anointing of the Holy Spirit to reveal, lead, and direct us in using our spiritual gifts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
“I have glorified You on the earth. I have finished the work which You have given Me to do.” (John 17:4)