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Spiritual Practice

GIFT OR PLEASURE?

Heather Tekavec & Sierra Klotz, 18

Sometimes, we think that being good at something makes it a spiritual gift. People used to tell me I had the gift of hospitality because I loved to entertain. But the real purpose of spiritual gifts, according to 1 Corinthians 14:12, is “for building up the church.” Entertaining my friends doesn’t count. People with the gift of hospitality invite newcomers, strangers, and the homeless into their homes. They provide a place for Bible studies, church meetings, and youth groups. They take meals to the sick, serve soup to the poor, and make casseroles for overwhelmed church leaders. Ironically, those who practice hospitality are probably getting more pleasure from it than I get from all my parties combined.

—Heather Tekavec

 

Since you are eager for spiritual gifts, strive to excel in them for building up the church.
1 Corinthians 14:12b (NRSV) 

REFLECT: I hear stories of great people of faith and Christians who are willing to give, and I want to be like them. I may not have a home of my own that I can open up to show people hospitality, but I do have my life. I can be hospitable by sharing my lunch table, my stuff, my actions, my thoughts, my hopes, my dreams, and my struggles. We don’t have to wait until we are older. We can show hospitality to others now.

—Sierra Klotz, 18

—from devozine (September/October 2013). Copyright © 2013 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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