God Gives Charisma to His Own

“Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly…” (Romans 12:6)

When a person becomes a part of God’s family, he or she is given gifts from God.  The Greek word used in the New Testament for these gifts is “charismata,” from which we get our words charismatic and charisma. A “charisma” is something given to a person by God which that person cannot acquire any other way.

This text, along with many others, like 1 Corinthians 12, teaches us that God chooses to graciously give us unique gifts to serve Him as we serve one another in His Body, and others in the world.  This truth is a game-changer because it means we are not limited to our mere human abilities.  How many times have you felt that your words or actions were inadequate for the moment?  We’ve all felt that way, but God has chosen to bless His children with “charisma,” that extra supernatural thing that has profound impact because it is a work of God through a person. When you serve, teach, encourage, administrate, lead, evangelize, or use any gift of God, you can be confident that God will exponentially expound the impact.  He chooses to use frail humans to show His exceedingly awesome power. (1 Corinthians 1: 26-31)

I encourage you to read through Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12.  Here are a few prompts:

  • Offer yourself to God, dead to self, alive to Him.
  • Refuse to be conformed to the world.
  • Be transformed by renewing your mind with God’s Word.
  • Humble yourself and ask God to reveal the gifts He has given to you.
  • Don’t focus on or become envious of the gifts He has chosen to give others.
  • Be diligent to use the gifts He has given you to serve Him and others with passion and joy.
  • Look for God’s charisma in others.  Help them discover the gifts God has given them.

If you are in Christ, your are full of charisma.  You are a charismatic Christian.

May God be glorified as we all reflect His majesty, beauty, and grace.

Jeff Wilson

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