Monday, 6 August 2012

Submitting... and spiritual gifts

You shall follow your husband’s leadership…

For the MARRIED ladies – For this discipline we need to look back at Ephesians 5:22-24.

“For wives, this means submit to your husbands as to the Lord.
For a husband is the head of his wife as Christ is the head of the church.
He is the Saviour of his body, the church.”

Obviously we are to submit to our husbands, and follow their leadership. But a lot of girls don’t understand what submitting actually means. It isn’t a pressure put on you that means you have to do everything you husband says or desires! It actually is a joy – to give the trust to your husband that he knows what he’s doing and you will follow him to the ends of the earth! So my challenge to you is this – if you have difficulty submitting, or the idea is a new one, or even if this is something you do every day, choose one little area today that you can choose to follow your husband’s leadership, and tell him what you are doing. And after you get used to submitting to him in the little things you’ll be able to move onto the life changing big decisions and show him that you trust him in those too… although it might take more than day to do that!

For the SINGLE ladies – I want to look at who you need to submit to… your Lord and Saviour. So in keeping with our previous challenges, we’re going to look a bit closer at who we are in Christ and continue in the journey to finding out what He wants us to do. We’ve had a look at what you are good at, and how you can use it to help others and glorify God, and we’ve spent time in prayer asking God to guide you, so now we’re going to work out what our spiritual gifts are. There are a couple of tests that you can do online which are great at helping you to identify your spiritual gifts.

The one I tried out is the first one on the list, but I've included another couple that can also be used.
To give you an idea - and this will make much more sense if you know me (!!) my top five came out as HOSPITALITY, FAITH, ENCOURAGEMENT, CRAFTMANSHIP AND WRITING. I think that's quite accurate!!

So my challenge is this – when you have half an hour or so, take one of the tests and find out what they suggest are your spiritual gifts. Now remember, this is a human test to find a spiritual gift, so it may be wrong!! But when I did it, the results fitted me perfectly and just helped me to identify where my strengths lie. So have a go and let us know how you get on!!

Keep shining... J

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