“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” –John 14:12
If you’ve read my blog posts you know that I serve on the hospitality team at Church of the Highlands. I serve coffee to our members and guests who need a little help getting started in the mornings. They are greeted at the front door with a friendly smile and a polite handshake before finding their way to the coffee station where they are greeted with the same friendly smile. But as they begin pouring their coffee and adding the right amount of creamer I am blessed with the opportunity to get to know them in the few minutes I am able to speak to them.
1 Corinthians 12: 7-10 says: A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same spirit gives the message of special knowledge. The same spirit gives great faith to one another; and to someone else the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy, He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said.As we grow and develop in our relationship with God our spiritual gifts can change. My sister and I recently put this thought to the “test” attending step three of the growth track for a second time. There were a few small changes but nothing that took us both by surprise.
As we began adding our numbers together in our workbooks to see where we fit in with our spiritual gifts my sister nudged me and pointed to the letter “W. Tongues (and interpretation)”. I chuckled because this is the topic of this week’s blog post and I was having trouble writing on the subject. So I went to the source-the Bible.
“The gift of tongues is the divine strength or ability to pray in a heavenly language to encourage your spirit to commune with God. The gift of tongues is often accompanied by interpretation and should be used appropriately.”
I learned that the spiritual gift of tongues:
- Is used to glorify God
- Is not given to all believers
- Is not a requirement or a sign of salvation
- Is a real language
- Should not be forbidden
The gift of tongues is a misunderstood gift and often received with skepticism. But what I do know–it is in Scripture.
Tonya Masoner is a part-time legal assistant and full-time school custodian. She enjoys thrift shopping, pizza Sunday’s and binge watching Netflix. She loves telling people-“God’s got a sense of humor… I don’t even drink coffee.” Her Breath on Paper bio can be found here.
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