The Unprodical Son: The Unclaimed Gifts of Heaven
According to Webster dictionary, a gift is (1) a notable capacity, talent or endowment, (2) something voluntarily transferred by one person to another without compensation, or (3) the act, right, or power of giving.
Some gifts that are available for mankind from God is eternal life (John 3:16), healing, (1 Cor 12:9), word of wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8), word of knowledge, (1 Cor. 12:8), faith (1 Cor. 12:9), working of miracles (1 Cor. 12:10), prophecy (1 Cor. 12:10), discerning of spirits (1 Cor. 12:10), speaking in tongues (1 Cor. 12:10), interpretation of tongues (1 Cor. 12:10).
As we read in the Bible, there are several references to gifts, both physical and spiritual, mentioned. There is the instance when three people received 10, 5, and 1 talents. Talents here was money but they could easily have been a gift like singing, speaking, etc. The first used his talents and was given 10 more. The second used his and was given 5 more. The third was afraid and did not use his. His was taken away from him and was put in a place where is would be used. The meaning of this story is if talent is given to you, use it to the glory of God or you could end up losing it.
Another instance of gifts in the bible is the story of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). Here a son asked his father for what was rightfully his. His father divided his belongings and gave the son his half. The son then went out and used his portions. He did not use his inheritance wisely and was at rock bottom. He then realized that the love of his father and went home. He knew his fathers servants had better than him. When his father seen him coming home, he ran to him to welcome him back. The older son got mad because his father never did anything for him like giving him a calf for him and his friends to have a party with. The meaning here is that our father, God, will give us the desires of our heart (Psalms 37:4). All we have to do is ask for it (Luke 11:9).
So as we live in serving God today, being saved by the blood of Jesus and baptized by the Holy Ghost in fire. We have a lot of gifts that are waiting for us. All we have to do is ask for them and have faith that they will be given unto us.
wrote by Mark F. Workman