Bring the Gifts

“For a day in Your Courts is better than a thousand (elsewhere). I would rather be a doorkeeper in the House of My God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Ps. 84:10)

“How is it then, brethren? Whenever you come together, each of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be done for edification.” (1 Cor. 14:26)

What are you bringing into ”the courts” with you? I know the results of valuing a day in “God’s House”! When all of God’s Children are freely and publicly exercising their spiritual gifts in supernatural ways, the House flourishes with the goodness of the Lord! Its amazing what God will do when He is allowed to release freedom in His House!  

Edification:

The Apostle Paul describes it as the kind of excitement that fills the heart and builds up the fellowship. Notice the phrases, “each of you has” – a psalm, a teaching, a tongue, a revelation, an interpretation. These are Holy Spirit inspired contributions that make the times of gathering carry impact and power. These are manifestations of the Holy Spirit!

Coming to Contribute:

Generally speaking, when Christians come together today, they come with the primary purpose of receiving, not contributing. They come to get a blessing, to receive healing, to hear a preacher. This is okay, but incomplete!This was not the way of the New Testament Church. There, the members came not primarily to receive, but to contribute. Paul mentions various possible forms of contribution.

  • A psalm would denote some form of musical contribution. This might be the product either of natural talent or of the supernatural enabling of the Holy Spirit.
  • A teaching would denote the ability to impart some truth from the teaching of God’s Word.
  • A tongue or an interpretation of tongues are inspiring manifestations of the Holy Spirit that have the same impact as a prophecy which encourage, direct and strengthen the Body.
  • A revelation would cover any one of the three main revelatory gifts: a word of wisdom, a word of knowledge, and discerning of spirits.

Full Participation!

Bringing something means, we are “all” to participate in the fellowship. In this way, every member has something spiritual to contribute towards the worship and edification of God’s family. They are able to fulfill the words given by the Apostle Peter: “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another” (1 Pet. 4:10).

The ability of the members to minister to one another is a powerful reality we do not see in most congregational settings. Ministry to others often depends merely on a few naturally talented or educated leaders with a degree or a license. The problem is that many of God’s Children become second class citizens, remaining passive or inactive, without any real opportunities for spiritual expression or development. Opportunities give people experiences with God that prove He is real. If we wait for Him, He will manifest His love everytime (Jn. 14:21).

Fruitfulness:

Breakthroughs come when the supernatural ministry of the Holy Spirit is allowed to freely flow. In this way, the members are delivered from their own natural limitations into a corporate atmosphere where they can all operate freely and share together in the ministry of the House. Its the Father’s desire that all of His kids be effective and active in the household of faith, not just spectators. Thus the Body of Christ, as a whole, is able to fulfill its appointed function… built up and encouraged.

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