Seek The Best Gift
In recent times, many people are calling themselves prophets and apostles. Not all of them are called by God to function in theses areas, but they anoint themselves as such.
But, do you know that there is a high price to pay to be a prophet and an apostle? If you doubt me check the lives of the prophets in the Old Testament and the life of the apostle Paul.
God told the prophet, Hosea, to marry a prostitute and have children with her to demonstrate how He felt about his wayward children of Israel (Hosea 1).
The Lord also told Ezekiel to lie on his side for 390 days to bear the iniquity of the house of Israel (Ezekiel 4).
The Apostle Paul was stoned, imprisoned and martyred. As a matter of fact, before Paul was converted he persecuted the Christians in the name of the law.
However, while Paul was on his way to Damascus with his heart filled with murder and hatred for the disciples, he came face to face with Christ who struck him with blindness for three days until his eyes were opened to the revelation of God.
And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” (Acts 9:5)
Paul realized that it was impossible to fight against his Creator.
Ananias, one of Christ disciples, had a vision where Christ told him to lay his hands on Paul so that he would receive his sight. He also told Ananias that Paul would suffer many things for His name sake. Paul became an apostle for Christ preaching the gospel and establishing the church throughout the world. He experienced severe persecutions during his ministry.
The world has transcended into a new era – We have entered into God’s time. This period is significant to us because God has embarked upon a new and mighty move for this generation. He is searching for laborers to harvest the millennial generation, and He is distributing gifts and assignments to anyone who makes themselves available to do His work.
However, anyone who is not in alignment with God’s time will find themselves left behind. Those who have a high calling in God but are not fulfilling their role will be beaten with many stripes (Luke 12:47-48). The Christians who are currently playing church and giving lip service to God will be exposed to shame.
The prophets and apostles will bear the prophetic word of God in their flesh. So if they are false, they will be exposed because only the true prophets of God will survive.
God has given every one of us a particular gift for the edifying of the church. These gifts are teaching, prophesying, speaking in tongues, interpreting tongues, wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, working miracles, helps and administrators (1 Corinthians 12). They are all good gifts, and none is inferior to the other.
In the last verse of the above chapter, Paul stated that we should earnestly desire the best gifts. It does not mean that some gifts that he listed are better than others. The statement means that all of the gifts are good, and we need to desire them, but there is a gift which is far greater than all of the above.
This gift will never fail, and it will last forever.
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
The gift of love is longsuffering, it is not envious, it is humble and not proud or puffed up, it is respectful and not rude. This love is selfless and is not ‘thin skin’ or easily upset about things, it does not think evil, and it rejoices in the truth and not iniquity. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things and endures all things.
Jesus came to earth as a man and fulfilled all of the above requirements. He came as a gift from God
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:23)
The gift of God to us is salvation and eternal life through Jesus Christ. He fulfilled the requirements of true love because He is love (1 John 4:8).
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)
Love is the most excellent gift we should crave, and we can only obtain it by receiving Jesus Christ in our hearts and lives. This perfect gift is available to everyone so accept Him today.
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