In Corinthians 12 we find a list of gifts the Holy Spirit gives willingly. I want to briefly talk about our gifts vs our environment.
Many of us have and are moving in the gifts of the Spirit –understanding what gift we may be operating in, is the easy part. Knowing how to use if effectively comes time and practice under the power of the Holy Spirit.
We must realize that once we receive the gift – there is not a time line for the gift to mature – but for us to mature within that certain gift. The gift is just that – a gift to move in a manifestation of the Holy Spirit – we do not add or take away from that gift – BUT we must grow in our understanding of the gift. What is it really for, how to minister it in a way that is pleasing to the Lord?
When we understand that the gift is already mature in the Holy Spirit– but we mature into the fullness of the gift – it might help our understanding – as we operate, practice and minister in these gifts the Holy Spirit gives – we should move from the understanding of a child to an adult –but to exercise the fullest of the gift, we need to respond to the Lord with childlike faith – meaning, we do not question – but accept and minister when we feel His nudging.
If we would compare our gifting to say a “new car” – when we buy this “new car” its ready to go down the street – but it is new to us – so it takes time to learn all that is within the operations of the car. We are like a kid, at least I am – when I get a new car – I want to just go drive it and learn all about it. I get excited when I find something out that the car is capable of doing or a feature I didn’t know about – the same is with the gifts – they come complete from the Holy Spirit – but we must search them out to find out how to move in them to the fullest!
OK – now to our topic! Your gifts vs your environment and how do they co-labor together?
I would like to say this – your environment should not dictate the level you operate within the gifts of the spirit – but – your gifts should dictate the atmosphere of your environment. I know that is a mouthful.
Let’s look at it this way – wherever you walk – who controls that spiritual environment? As we grow and become more mature in our understanding that the Holy Spirit really dwells within us – and you are truly a “powerhouse” for the Lord – we will begin to control the environment instead of being control by our surroundings.
If our church environment only allows us to grow to a point– say on a scale 1-10 and you can only operate on a 3 – we need to find out why, what and who is hindering the movement of God. We must remember that God is – God of order. We are not called to cause chaos in the church – but move in grace, love and mercy.
If anything, we pray – we seek the Lord to bring clarity to the leaders. Here’s my point – if you are “allowed” to operate in the gifts – then run after them – allow the gifts of the spirit to transform your church environment. Use wisdom, kindness and love in doing so –but expand the tent pegs and create an atmosphere for the Holy Spirit to move.
If there is a wall in front of you – we push it by moving int he spirit, releasing the manifestations of the Holy Spirit. If we have people in the “flesh” trying to stop the gifts from operating – God is better and our mindset must be bigger!
We create an environment as we walk – will it be filled with the movement of the Holy Spirit or limited by compromise? We can not compromise the gift and expect the fullness of its manifestation.
I understand parameters a church may have established to“protect” the people – and we are subject to the leaders of the church – if your church has such boundaries – stand on the edge and continue to exercise your gifts (In humility) – you might just push the boundaries and extend such “man made” parameters!
We all have different environments we face – we need to make the best of them and allow the Holy Spirit to have His way…