WHY WE NEED GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS!!!
11And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh
Christmas is now celebrated as a big commercial pagan holiday. We exchange gifts, maybe participate in secret santas, put trees up and shop till we drop for Christmas.
Gift shopping season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving, a few years back stores began to open on Thanksgiving day and the retail market has not looked back. Malls and stores opening for 24 hours all so that we can buy GIFTS.
Its is a frenzy , shoppers shopping around the clock. The Monday after thanksgiving is the biggest online shopping day, the Monday before CHRISTMAS IS THE BIGGEST SHOPPING DAY.
37Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;
38Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
Why we need Gifts at Christmas
I am not speaking of TV’s, jewelry, sneakers or materials things.
I am speaking of the importance of spiritual Gifts. We need God’s gifts to bring/win souls to his kingdom.
The word is true- Hebrews 13:8- Jesus Christ the same, yesterday, today and forever.
The harvest is plenteous, the laborers are few.
WHAT ARE THE GIFTS THAT WE NEED!!!!!
- Holy Ghost
13If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Holy Spirit will come on a clean vessel, so sanctify yourself and get ready to receive.
Be ready to receive, get your mind and your life in order
2. FiveFold Ministry Gifts
The concept of the five-fold ministry comes from Ephesians 4:11, “It was he who gave some (1) apostles, and some (2) prophets, and some (3) evangelists, and some (4) pastors and (5) teachers.” Ephesians 4:12-13 tells us that the purpose of the five-fold ministry is, “to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” (www.gotquestions.org)
Each office has a distinct role and purpose. The apostle lays the foundation, the prophet gives direction, the evangelist gathers, the pastor shepherds and the teacher grounds. If fivefold ministry is not active in the church, then the church will be imbalanced.
Vs 11-The Ministries – these five ministry gifts are not merely “titles” as many people are fighting for, but ministry functions. They have a special purpose, which is clearly defined in the following verse.
Vs.12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Verse 12 – The Purpose “…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.” These five leadership gifts were not simply given to do the work of the ministry, but to enable God’s people to do the work of the ministry. This is extremely important as we draw closer to the return of Jesus for His Bride the Church!
Vs.13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
Verse 13 – Gives us the operational time-frame “…until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” The five-fold ministry did not pass away at the death of the early apostles and prophets at the close of the first century, but was given until the maturing of the Body in unity, knowledge and expression of Christ’s fullness.
How to come into the office- Calling, Choosing, Commissioning
Calling- Because of God’s Love for the church, he calls persons to five fold ministry. Much is required of those persons he calls because he will hold those persons to a higher standard.
Choosing- Matthew 20:16 for many be called, but few chosen. Why? The period of choosing is a season or time of training, character development, tests and trials. It is a time period where I believe God will determine whether one can be trusted. Further, God designs a unique individualized training regime for each person in fivefold ministry. The difference between choosing and commissioning is whether or not men and women of God will be willing to go through the process whereby they can be commissioned.
Commissioned- Commissioning is like graduation God puts his stamp of approval on you. Once you are commissioned, you will need no announcement, you will carry an air of anointing and authority. Biblical example of calling to commission….. Joseph from being sold into slavery to ruling Egypt or David tending sheep to being King. Calling to commission may take years.
3. Spiritual Gifts- Covet and Desire to use Spiritual Gifts for God’s Glory
1st Corinthians 12
12:1- 1Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant.4Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 7But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 31But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way.1st Corinthians 14:1- 1Follow after charity, and desire spiritual gifts
Practical/ Serving Gifts listed in bible
Romans 12: 6-8
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
1st Corinthians 12:28- And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments
Faith, Working of Miracles and Gifts of healings
GIFTS OF INSPIRATION/PROCLAMATION
Prophecy, Divers Kinds of Tongues and Interpretation of Tongues
The Word of Wisdom, The Word of Knowledge and the Discerning of Spirits
Why we need Gifts at Christmas
- We Need the Holy Ghost-Acts1:8 But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
- 2ND Timothy 1:6a 6Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee
- We need those persons called to fivefold to completely submit to God’s training, to his process AND TO HIS TIMING OF COMMISSIONING!
Will you be in the same place next year?
- Look at the wise men they opened their treasures and presented gifts to him.
Matthew 6:19-21- 19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
2. Where is your heart today? The heart is deceitful and wicked above all things
Romans 11:29-29For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance. Look at King Saul
3. Are your Gifts dormant? Are your gifts still wrapped up?
Maybe our treasures are in the wrong place, maybe we have put God in a box, maybe we are not good stewards of what he has entrusted us with…
WE NEED GOD’S GIFTS AT CHRISTMAS. SO LET US ALL ENDEAVOR TO WIN SOULS FOR THE KINGDOM USING GOD’S GIFTS FOR HIS GLORY AND HIS HONOR. He is waiting on us to seek him.
© DR. Fay Maureen Butler, 2013, Huldahs House Ministries Inc, Word Press