Spiritual Gifts

Have you opened your gift?

Dr. Larry Gilbert

A young man received an envelope from his grandfather upon graduation from high school.

He decided not to open it until he had finished college. After all, he knew it contained money promised to him for years. So he decided to discipline himself by saving it to help start his career rather than using it for college. So for four long years he attended college during the day and worked evenings and nights.

Finally the day he had restrained himself for had come. With degree in hand, ready to start his new career, he opened the gift his grandfather had left for him years before. Just as he had anticipated, it contained several thousand dollars; but to his dismay, it also contained a fully paid scholarship to one of the finest colleges in the land.

God has also given you a gift, but it is up to you whether or not you open it.

It is your birthday present, given to you by God at the time of your spiritual birth. Once you open it and examine it, you too may be surprised.

Don’t miss out on the blessings God has for you.

Your challenge is two-fold.

First, you are to do as instructed by the Apostle Paul…

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you.
2 Timothy 1:6

Second, to do as admonished by the Apostle Peter …

As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
1 Peter 4:10



Dr. Larry Gilbert is founder and chairman of Ephesians Four Ministries, and founder of ChurchGrowth.org. For more on spiritual gifts, see Dr. Gilbert’s books, from which this article was excerpted: Team Ministry: Gifted to Serve (for pastors and group leaders) and Your Gifts: Discover God’s Unique Design for You (for individuals and groups).

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  • Linda A Jackson
    March 10, 2015 9:43 am

    I was intrigued by this story, what a wonderful gift a grandparent can give. Most of all the gift Our Lord and Savior gives us! Too many to mention then to the spiritual gifts if we would acknowledge God could better use us for his kingdom. Thank you Jesus for opening my heart and directing my path to do your will. My gifts are tested through this ministry often.
    God bless.

    • I am inspired by this story of a young whose Grandfather gave him a gift. And that he decided not to open it until after college. But to his surprise it was more than what he thought it was. So let us not wait to open the gift of God but jump on board and get on the mission in which Christ left behind for us to carry out. Amen

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