The Spiritual Gifts of the Christian Faith
Look at what the Bible says about spiritual gifts of the Christian faith. In particular, the New Testament speaks of the spiritual gifts being provided by Jesus Christ at His ascension to heaven: "When he ascended on high, he took many captives and gave gifts to his people" (Ephesians 4:8; Psalm 68:18). The list of spiritual gifts may be found in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11 and Romans 12:6-8.
It is through the shared gifts of God's people that the local church is able to accomplish its works of ministry. The passage that follows Ephesians 4:8 offers the Christian assurance that the Lord Jesus Christ left the believers with the gifts necessary to carry out the work. It just requires that the believer truly believes in his Lord and Savior and His abilities to provide for His church as He promised His disciples.
The Gifted: Responsive or Reluctant
Every believer is gifted by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit endows the believer with certain spiritual gifts for the "work of the church" (the ministry). Each believer must choose his or her own course in utilizing the spiritual gifts given to them by the Lord through the Holy Spirit. It is each believer's choice. The believer can be responsive or reluctant.
The responsive believer will embrace all that God has provided him or her in the form of spiritual gifts. Such people lead lives full of good works. Other people are touched by the good works of such people due to their positive impact. These people are influential, inspiring and intentional with their work in the ministry, whether inside the church or throughout the community.
Opposite of the responsive Christian, we have the reluctant believer who does not do anything with God's spiritual gifts in his or her life. Such a believer is more of a liability than an asset, particularly since this believer does not exercise faith through the usage of his or her God-given spiritual gifts. A reluctant believer exhibits behaviors such as resistance, rebellion and rejection.
Every believer has a choice to make when it comes to spiritual gifts and the usage of them for the work of the ministry. Will you be responsive or reluctant?
Doers of the Word
The Epistle of James in both inspirational and instructive for the individual believer, a small group or church ministry, and an entire church as body. James shares in James 1:22 how each of us should be "doers of the word." Essentially, it offers each and every believer an opportunity to use what God has already given to them for God's glorification. By doing so, each believer serves as a witness of works to others