This past weekend was the mountain top experience I mentioned in an earlier post, Up On The Mountain Top. It was absolutely amazing. There were 3100 BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) leaders from Hawaii, California and Nevada. It was truly a special gift to have this time of fellowship with the leaders in my BSF group. It was also wonderfully exciting to meet and chat with leaders from other areas. The time we had to worship together as the body of Christ was incredible! I can’t put into words what I felt when we all stood and sang Hymns. I was brought to tears almost every time we sang together. The Hymn ‘Ancient Words’ was my all time favorite. It danced in my head during the trip home and throughout Monday. Then we sang it together as a group during our BSF leaders meeting. I had to fight back the tears it was so moving. (Yes, I’m a sap!)
As I also mentioned before, God had something to teach me during this mountain top experience. I was excited to see what God wanted to teach me through this experience. I was excited to use what He taught me and put it into action where I was already working. I must admit, I did tell God not to dare call me to do something new. I didn’t want to give up anything I was already doing and I definitely didn’t have time to add something new to my list of responsibilities.
About a week before I headed up the mountain I found a Spiritual Gifts test I took about 3 years ago. As I read through the results and how those gifts could be used I thought ‘Wow, that’s a big responsibility and would take a lot of time and energy. I think I’m good doing what I’m doing’.
During the morning on the last day of the retreat we had alone time to be with God. We were given Scripture to look up and pray about, meditate on. I felt how much God desired for us to read His word when I read Isaiah 55:10-12. As it says in the passage, we will be filled with joy and peace. The mountains will burst into song and the trees will clap. What a beautiful picture! A smile came to my face and tears filled my eyes.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do it not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. Isaiah 55:10-12
A little later I looked up 2 Timothy 3:15-17. I felt as if God was telling me he had already given me the tools I needed to do His works. The Holy Spirit and His Word, the Bible. With these tools He would equip me for all He calls me to do. At that moment I thanked God for these tools. I told God that if He did have another call or a new call, for my life, I would answer. God knows my fullest potential, so I will trust in His equipping me for whatever He asks of me. Will I take on any and every job that comes my way? Absolutely not! I will take each thing to God. I will pray for God’s will and guidance to help me know what He wishes me to do. I’ve been outside of God’s will before (more times than I would like to admit), and it wasn’t pretty.
and how from infancy you have known the holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:15-17
When I returned home from the retreat my husband told me the Sunday Sermon was on fruits and gifts of the Spirit. Our Pastor even recommended a spiritual gifts test to take, which I did after listening to the sermon. The results were pretty much the same as 3 years ago. Huh, I wonder what that means? I think, I hope, I’m making good use of my gifts. If I’m not, I believe God will let me know. I think it might be time for me to step things up a bit though. How about you? Do you know what your spiritual gifts are? What are they? How do you use your God given gifts in your daily life? Please share, I would love to hear how God has equipped you to use your gifts.
My prayer for us today ~ Lord, thank you for the precious gift of the Holy Spirit and your Word which equips us for all You call us to do. I pray we take time daily to read your word so we may use it to teach, rebuke, correct, train and equip others for Your good works, Amen