The measure of Christ’s gift

By Dave Henning / January 9, 2016

“But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.  Therefore it says, ‘When he ascended on high, he had a host of captives, and he gave gifts to men.’ ” -Ephesians 4:7-8

“Your existence is not accidental.  Your skills are not incidental.”- Max Lucado

In Chapter 13 (“You Be You”) of Glory Days, Max Lucado encourages you that no one else in all recorded time has your unique history, your “you-ness”:

“You are heaven’s first and final attempt at you.  You are matchless, unprecedented, and unequaled.  Consequently, you can do something no one else can do in a fashion no one else can do.”

Obviously, Pastor Lucado notes, you aren’t the only person with your skill.  However, you are the only person with your version of your skill.  The corner of Promised Land Avenue and Glory Days Boulevard represents the intersection of your skill and God’s call.

Unfortunately, Max sadly observes, many people stop short of God’s unique plan and settle for someone else’s story.  They fit in, settle in, and blend in to their chosen existence, never finding their call.  Yet, Max emphasizes that uniqueness is a big message in the Bible and a huge message in the book of Joshua.  Pastor Lucado argues that the majority of Joshua’s chapters advance one command: know your territory and possess it.

In the apostle Paul’s day, a conquering monarch usually returned to his palace with prisoners and treasures in tow.  The king then celebrated his conquest by giving gifts to his people.  Most importantly, when Christ ascended to heaven, He gave gifts to His people.

Today’s question (from the study guide): What God-given abilities do you have that you could develop, apply, and use for the good of others? Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog:”God’s definition of promotion”

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