During the Christmas season, we give and receive many gifts. Some of the gifts that we receive bring us great joy, yet some end up stowed away in some dark corner of our closet. At this time of the year, one of our greatest challenges is to find our special someone’s perfect gift. But there are other kinds of gifts that we should consider. These other gifts are not wrapped and placed under a Christmas tree. I’m referring to gifts of a spiritual nature.

What are spiritual gifts? What are your spiritual gifts?

Providence will spend three weeks in February answering these two important questions. And you’re invited along to discover just how God has called, gifted, and equipped you for this journey of faith.

In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul writes: “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.”

How has God called and equipped you to serve the “common good” here at Providence? In Cotswold? In Charlotte and beyond? To answer these questions, the Faith Formation Team will invite every member of Providence to take a Spiritual Gifts Inventory. This inventory is a tool that works much like any other personality test.

Step One: Answer a few questions.

Step Two: Analyze your results.

And Step Three: Discover how God has uniquely gifted you.

In worship on February 2, we will read Micah 6:1-8 and consider: “How has God equipped us to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with God?” On February 9, our scripture lesson will come from Matthew 5:13-20 as we consider how God has made us to be the “light of the world.” And on February 16, we will read 1 Corinthians 3:1-9 and discover how, as a Christian community, we need each other to participate in God’s will for our lives. This will be an exciting series of sermons and Sunday School conversations. I hope you will make plans to join us for these three Sundays in February.

In conclusion, consider this quote from the great theologian Frederick Buechner: “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

I wonder: how has God called, gifted, and equipped you? Let’s find out together!