Posted: October 24, 2020
Author: Coria Brock
Matthew 28:18-20, NIV
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you and surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.’”
I wonder how many “Christians” truly know and understand what the Lord has commanded us to do? If they do know, then why is it that so many are drawn to learn about the gifts of the Spirit, but never seek to know the heart of God?
Is the gift of healing, the gift of prophecy, or the gift of teaching more attractive than God Himself? Why do they want to learn about those gifts? Do they know that a “Gift” is a thing given willingly to someone without payment; a present to them? No one can earn it, buy it, or learn to have it. It is only given by the one who has it. So, who has the power of healing? Who has the power to speak and deliver? Who has the truth that can even divide the soul and spirit, joint and marrow and can judge the thoughts and the attitude of the heart? (Hebrews 4:2) Surely the only answer is God Himself, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
The gifts of the Spirit, the functions of the Spirit, are no doubt attractive to any human. I also do understand that all those gifts are tools God gives to us so that we can do His work. But do we do it the way His desire, and with His heart for His people? That through healing, comforting and encouraging words and visions given by God that we would see people restored and captives set free through His truth. Why does God want to do all these things for us? Because He loves us! This is His heart for us, that we use His tools so we can do all those things. If we do not have the heart of God, without love, all those things we do are meaningless.
“If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3, NIV)
Jesus did not say to His disciples, go and to teach everyone how to use My gifts. He said, “…go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:19-20a, NIV)
And the Apostle Paul taught us, “For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake.” (2 Corinthians 4:5, NIV)
The gifts are from the Holy Spirit and are given according to His will (1 Corinthians 12:11). But the desire to know the heart of God, to love the Lord, to walk in obedience to Him and to keep His commands, decrees and laws depend on our own choice. My dear friends, it is time to review your heart and to choose a right attitude concerning what you truly desire. God or His gifts? I promise you, if you seek God Himself and have a right relationship with Him, He will guide you and will be with you. If God’s presence is with you, then that is the biggest gift you can have.