Spiritual Gifts? “I have a blog.”

I have a blog, so what?

This isn’t an anecdote.

It’s thinking outloud.

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1 Corinthians 10:23-33

“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up. Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor. Eat whatever is sold in the meat market without raising any question on the ground of conscience. For “the earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof.” If one of the unbelievers invites you to dinner and you are disposed to go, eat whatever is set before you without raising any question on the ground of conscience. But if someone says to you, “This has been offered in sacrifice,” then do not eat it, for the sake of the one who informed you, and for the sake of conscience— I do not mean your conscience, but his. For why should my liberty be determined by someone else’s conscience? If I partake with thankfulness, why am I denounced because of that for which I give thanks?

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God, just as I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

Spiritual Gifts? “I have a cat.”

I don’t know how widespread this story is, but a lady reported it to me the other day.

A church was looking for what was next.

They all got together and a facilitator passed out little scraps of paper and pens.

“Everyone write down spiritual gifts he or she has,” the facilitator said.

They got the usual: mercy, service, teaching, etc., etc.

One lady wrote, “I have a cat.”

Instead of ignoring that as a clearly unspiritual gift, the group leaders picked it out as the most unique.

“Let’s go with this,” they decided.

They asked everyone who had a pet to come to a second meeting.

At that meeting, one pet owner noted that there was a children’s home down the street.

“Those kids can’t have pets,” explained the man. “Perhaps we could bring our pets to them.”

And an outreach was born.

An unusual method.

Let’s not limit our God to our own inadequacies.

What are your spiritual gifts?

Do you have a cat?

I have…