What Gift Do You Want?

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by Mario Vega

Paul encourages Christians to seek the gifts (1 Corinthians 14:1, 14:39). Hhe tells us that receiving a gift is a process that starts with the person’s simple desire of having it. The starting point, therefore, is desire. Which gift is the one you desire?

Normally, we think of gifts as something God gives without any relation to our human desires. After all, aren’t they called gifts? Something God gives on his own initiative?

We believe a good gift is the one which truly satisfies our interests. We have all received gifts at one time that were completely useless to us. A 90-year old man bewailed the fact that his friends had given him the same coffee machine for the third time in his life. All identical. Another woman received from her friend the exact set of cups that she had given her a couple of years earlier.

But sometimes we receive gifts that fully satisfy us, which are very much appreciated. God makes pretty good gifts. And he will never give us something we do not feel satisfied with. Can you think of someone who has a gift that he/she does not want?

Cell members should be encouraged to ask God for the gifts they would like the most. This is the first step in actually receiving it.

Translation in Korean

Comments?

Mario

Translation in Spanish:

¿Qué don deseas?

Pablo anima a los cristianos a buscar los dones (1 Co. 14:1; 14:39). En su presentación deja ver que el recibir un don es un proceso que comienza por el simple deseo de la persona de tenerlo. El punto inicial es, entonces, ¿cuál don es el que deseas?

Normalmente, pensamos de los dones como algo que Dios otorga sin ninguna relación con nuestros deseos humanos. Al fin y al cabo ¿no se llaman dones? ¿Algo que Dios da por iniciativa propia?

Consideramos un buen regalo aquél que verdaderamente satisface nuestros intereses. Todos hemos recibido alguna vez regalos que nos son del todo inútiles. Un anciano de 90 años lamentaba que sus amistades tuvieran tan corta memoria que ya le haban regalado una cafetera por tercera vez en su vida. Todas idénticas. A otra señora su amiga le regaló un juego de tazas que ella misma le haba dada unos años antes.

Pero, a veces, nos dan regalos que nos satisfacen plenamente y los apreciamos mucho. Bueno, Dios sabe dar muy buenos regalos. Y él nunca nos dará algo que no nos satisfaga. ¿Puedes pensar en alguien que tenga un don que no desea?

Por ello, se debe animar a los miembros de la célula para que seleccionen el don que más les gustara tener. Ese es el primer paso para recibirlo.

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