BELIEVE: week seventeen: Spiritual Gifts

“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith.” Romans 12:4-6

“That person has charisma.” We make this kind of statement about someone who arouses enthusiasm in others. Did you know that if you are a Christian, you have charisma? It’s absolutely true.

The Greek word for “gifts” Paul used in the verse above is charismata. It is literally translated “grace gift,” and it refers to at least one special gift the Holy Spirit deposited in you when you gave your life to Christ. Maybe it is the gift of leadership, or mercy, or administration, or teaching, or simply being a good helper. When we know our spiritual gifts and humbly use them in concert with other Christians to fulfill God’s purposes, good things happen in the lives of other people, it arouses enthusiasm in them. Voilà: charisma!

So, next time you hear someone say, “That person has charisma,” see who they’re talking about—it just may be you.

“I know my spiritual gifts and use them to fulfill God’s purposes.”

[Excerpt from Believe: 31-Day Devotional by Randy & Roxanne Frazee, pgs. 37-38.]