I was reading a scripture a few days ago, I’m sorry but I can’t remember where it was, but i’m gonna paraphrase (forgive me, I cautious when it comes to paraphrasing too) ” God gives people in many different areas. Some people have a better ability in these areas than others”.
So, I was a little confused. Yes, God gives us all gifts in different areas but here’s what I don’t understand. If God gives me the gift of healing, why would he give girl X the gift of healing at a better ability to me. I understand if someone if they were older than me or ‘practised’ more. However, when it comes down to natural ability, why would he bless girl x or than me?
|February 15, 2016 at 17:49|
1 Corinthians 12 is the main passage about spiritual gifts, and while–at least in that passage–I do not see any verses similar to what you paraphrased, I do understand what you’re saying. 🙂
I think first, you have to think about what exactly determines “better”. My spiritual gift is service, and I might look at someone else with that gift and think to myself, ‘She serves so much better than I do!’. But then, who decided that how she serves is of higher quality and worth than how I serve? The truth is that we probably do serve in different ways with different people in different circumstances, however, everyone we are serving needs to be served. Therefore, neither of us are really “better”, persay. Even if she serves 30 people when I serve 5, that still doesn’t matter, because we both used our gifts for God’s glory, and I highly doubt that God judges us by the number of people we impact.
If you’re still a bit confused, I’ll use your example of the gift of healing: let us say that I have the gift of healing, and girl X also has the gift of healing. Now, I’m an expert at healing scrapes and burns, while girl X can heal cancer. One might assume that she is a far better healer, after all, cancer is of so much more magnitude than scrapes and burns. However, while there are millions of people with cancer, there are also millions of kids (and adults) who are constantly getting scrapes and burns. All of these people with cancer need healing, and all of these people with scrapes and burns need healing. Well, person X can heal cancer, so those people with cancer are now fine. But there’s still millions of people with scrapes and burns–and that’s where you come in.
I realize I didn’t give a direct response to your paraphrased statement, but since it was a paraphrase, I took sort of an indirect approach. Hopefully that helped, let me know if you want more thoughts. 🙂
|February 16, 2016 at 06:50|
Thanks, I rather liked the example of girl x healing cancer whilst you can heal scraps and burns. I actually smiled whilst reading your response and I understand your perspective; it provided clarity on this. Thanks again, Mandi PI
|February 17, 2016 at 01:46|
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