Devotional: ‘The Gift of Faith’

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1 Corinthians 12:9 To another faith by the same Spirit …

It might surprise many that I include the Gift of Faith as a part of the Leadership Gifts. It is true that many may possess this gift without being in a role of leadership; however, if someone is going to lead God’s people to do God’s will, faith will be indispensable.

What is the Gift of Faith? David Francis in his book on Spiritual Gifts describes the Gift of Faith as – “… a spiritual gift that motivates a leader to believe the impossible and to expect the improbable.”

Scripture teaches us that faith is necessary to be saved (Eph 2:8) and to please God (Heb 11:6). Therefore every believer needs to have faith. Yet leaders must possess great faith in order to lead God’s people. They must be able to look ahead when others can’t and they must believe that God is ‘able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…’ (Eph 3:20)

One of the great leaders found in scripture is a man by the name of Nehemiah. When he asked some who had come from Jerusalem concerning the condition of the city, they replied – “The survivors who are left from the captivity in the province are there in great distress and reproach. The wall of Jerusalem is also broken down, and its gates are burned with fire.” (Neh 1:3) They could see only the hopelessness of the situation. Yet although Nehemiah did not discount the severity of the condition, he was able to see more that a city that laid in ruin. He saw a city that could be rebuilt. Through his great faith he not only believed that the city could be rebuilt, he encouraged others to join in the work –

Nehemiah 2:17 Then I said to them, “You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste, and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.” 18 And I told them of the hand of my God which had been good upon me, and also of the king’s words that he had spoken to me. So they said, “Let us rise up and build.” Then they set their hands to this good work.

Another great spiritual leader was a man by the name of William Carey (1792). Today he is known as the ‘Father of Modern Missions.’ Carey received that title as the result of his great effort to unite others in their support of sending out missionaries.  One of Carey’s most famous quotes is – “EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM GOD. ATTEMPT GREAT THINGS FOR GOD.”

Do you expect great things from God? Are you eager to attempt great things for God? If so you may be someone with the Gift of Faith whom God has called to lead.

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