Monday, March 30, 2009

Bob Kauflin on using the gifts of the Spirit

In his book Worship Matters, Bob Kauflin discusses how we can cherish God's presence through worship. This material comes from chapter 16:

We're told in 1 Corinthians the the Spirit gives manifestations of his presence for the 'common good' of the church (1 Corinthians 12:7). As we see and hear evidences of the Spirit's activity in our meetings, we become freshly aware that God is really with us and desires to build up, strengthen, and encourage the church through his people.

But as we saw in Chapter 10, we must be faithful to respond to whatever ways the Spirit empowers us to serve others. Don't hold back because you're afraid you'll fail or look stupid. If you mess up, you'll be humbled, which is a plus in God's eyes. (140)

Don't we often fear, in any endeavour, being humbled. As a matter of fact, this very well might be our greatest fear the majority of the time. And yet, in Kauflin's words, this would be a 'plus in God's eyes'. This seems true in the use of our spiritual gifts but it would also seem true in all we find ourselves doing. If the worst case scenario sees us being humbled, well, that's not such a bad thing.

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