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Big Jesus wins award for the 'best community entry' in the parade.
We had a unique perspective on Jesus, His fame and renown. If the crowds were silenced even the stones would have cried out to Him. This must be what it was like for Jesus to enter Jerusalem, re-enacted for the benefit of his LGBT people... What does this say for us and for Him?
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Extracts from Jim's Preach 'Gifted'
Paul’s letter to the Christians in Ephesus 1:1–4
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.
Let us give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! For in our union with Christ he has blessed us by giving us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm.
Even before the world was made, God had already chosen us to be his through our union with Christ, so that we would be holy and without fault before him.’
As a lad I loved music all sorts of music. Like a lot of teenagers I wanted to be in a band so
I pestered my mum and dad for a guitar and they gave in and bought me one. The snag was I wasn’t gifted musically so after a while I packed it in.
I did have a gift for football and when I was a school leaver was offered the chance to sign on as a professional. But my Dad talked me out of it. He said it was a risky business. As a teenager he had signed for Blackburn Rovers but didn’t quite make it. By the time his football career faded out he had missed the chance to train for anything else. He ended up doing factory work all his life.
And so I took his advice and just played amateur football. But I always regretted the decision I’d made of not taking the chance to develop my gifting. Who knows? I might have made it.
I never blamed my Dad for the missed opportunity. I knew he loved me and was just giving me the best advice he could. It must be wonderful to be doing something you are gifted in.
As followers of Jesus we are gifted, very gifted. Not in something we love, but in someone we love. And loving Jesus can spill over into doing something we love.
As God’s children we have the position and standing of being in the family with all the privileges of a family member. All of us have equal standing in his sight.
I didn’t have to do anything to get born to my parents, it just happened without any effort on my part. I was fortunate to have good parents who gave me everything I needed , food, clothes, sent me to school, gave me a guitar, a football, lots of encouragement and most importantly, love. I knew I was loved.
My new birth in Jesus was like my natural birth. My supernatural birth happened without any help from me. I was given the grace of God and the gift of faith. And I was re-born, a new creation with a new spiritual life.
Now God gave me everything I needed for the new life in Jesus. He gave me spiritual food, starting with milk. He clothed me in a robe of righteousness that identified me as his child of standing, a child of God.
He gave me a spiritual education with a ‘one to one’ teacher, the Holy Spirit. He gave me loads of encouragement, support and approval, ‘every spiritual blessing’ and lots of love.
He has enabled me to know He loves me because He has made sure that I felt His love.
My parents freely gave me, to the best of their ability. All they wanted from me was my trust and love.
I know that my heavenly Father gives me all I need for this new spiritual life and He doesn’t ask me for anything except my trust and love.
God the Father has given us, his children, the five gifts that are essential for spiritual life.
First: His undeserved, unmerited favour. His grace given through Jesus. (Eph 4:7)
Second: faith. He gives us faith as a gift. (Eph 2:8)
Third: the gift of righteousness. We have the right standing of Jesus himself.
As children of God we possess the excellence of Jesus because spiritually gave us all His qualities. Ro 5:17…those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness.
Fourth: the gift of the Holy Spirit to give us spiritual power and wisdom. (Ac 2:38)
Fifth: the gift of supernatural life, the life of God Himself flowing through us. (Ro 6:23)
Everything we need for our spiritual life freely given to us. We are all gifted.
Gifted with all we need for a life in God’s family. Let’s ask him open our eyes to our gifts in Him and fan in to flame the giftings in each of us.
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