For whatever reason I’ve been thinking about these three things lately. Fruit, gifts and talents. The specific thought I’ve had about them is that many of us seem to confuse them and don’t really differentiate them. So let’s take a look at them.
Sometimes you will hear someone referred to as a “gifted” musician. The problem is that I have not met someone that from day one could automatically pick up an instrument and be world class from day one. Do I think that there are some people born with a talent that the rest of us don’t have? Absolutely. But they have to spend their time developing their talent to be as good as possible. And if they don’t use it, they tend to lose it. All of us are born with certain talents. Me? I was born with a talent of being able to run fast. I developed that for many years. I wasn’t the fastest person in the world, but I was faster than most.
Gifts are a different story. People are born with gifts as well. They are born with them as result of the second birth. The cool thing is that since these gifts from the sHoly Spirit, He can give you any gift that He wants whenever He wants. I don’t believe that He gives you one gift when you come to know Christ and then will never give you another.
One thing that that seems to happen is that He gives gifts that don’t necessarily coincide with natural abilities. For example, someone who may not be a natural public speaker may be given the gift of proclaiming the word of God. God seems to like to gift us in ways that put us in situations that are outside of our comfort zones.
Finally, there’s fruit. I am still trying to get my arms around this one. I have thought of this one much like I have thought of gifts. I don’t have patience? Well, then the Lord just hasn’t given me that fruit yet. Somehow, though, I’ve figured out that I’ve had it all wrong.
You have the fruit of the Spirit within you once you come to know Christ. The closer you develop your relationship, the more that fruit grows. How do you know? Your patience grows. So does your self-control, love, joy, peace, goodness, kindness, and faithfulness. Your fruit is the characteristics of your relationship with Christ. As my pastor said recently, they are demonstrations of our spiritual maturity.
All of us who follow Christ have talents, gifts and fruit. The main thing we must focus on is to make sure that they glorify the Lord.
Do you know what your talents and gifts are? Is the fruit evident in your life?
A few weeks ago I wrote this post about ways to taste and see God. One of the questions that has been popping up for me is this: Why don’t we taste and see Him? So I’ve given it a lot of thought for the past month and a half.
Here is a reason why I think we don’t.
We act just like Adam and Eve.
When we take a look at Genesis 3, we can see that Eve does just the opposite of what David tells to do in regard to tasting and seeing that the Lord is good.
Eve and the serpent are hanging out. They engage in some chit-chat. The serpent asks her if she can’t eat from all of the trees in the Garden. She says that she can eat from all of them but one. She can’t eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. She knows she will die.
The serpent then uses a pretty good argument. He tells Eve that she will be just like God, knowing good and evil. This is where the crack in Eve’s armor was. This is where she made her most serious mistake.
She saw and tasted the fruit. She saw an object of desire and she tasted it.
Do you see that? She did just the opposite of what the Psalmist says.
He says taste and see that the Lord is good.
Eve saw that the fruit was good for food and tasted it. Then she gave it to Adam and he ate.
Guess what happened next? They couldn’t see anymore. They couldn’t see God’s goodness.
That’s the way we are. We see so many things around us. We taste them. And we can’t see God.
God wants us to stop. He wants us to taste Him. Why? Because we will see that He is good.
He is looking to restore us back to the way we were before Adam and Eve saw and tasted.
He is looking to show us that He is good.
What ways could you make sure that you Taste and See instead of seeing and tasting?