It's the night before Christmas, and everyone is soundly asleep in their beds, awaiting the arrival of the 25th day of December and the gifts that will be under the tree. Tomorrow is the day that children have been waiting for all year.
In the morning, the family is up at 6 a.m., wishing they were still in bed but knowing that the kids would surely be up as early as possible to open their presents and play with their new gifts.
But no one runs in screaming with joy...and they wait. And they wait. And they wait.
The kids finally get up, around noon, and walk into the family room to see all of the presents under the tree. However, they just walk past them and sit down in front of the TV to watch their normal favorite show on Netflix. Or maybe play a little bit of their current video game flavor.
The gifts sit under the tree, with seemingly no interest from those whom they were given to. Money, time, and love spent to find, wrap, and place each gift for each specific person...yet none of them accepted, utilized, or appreciated.
An unlikely story, right?!
Maybe. Maybe not.
On Sunday evening, we read 1 Timothy 4:11-16, which has been a focus passage of scripture for us recently in our Faith and Leadership curriculum.
We focused specifically this week on 1 Timothy 4:13-14 -- discussing our gifts and our role in receiving them.
1 Timothy 4:14 says,
"Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands by the council of elders."
Often, we're the children in the unlikely Christmas story when it comes to our spiritual gifts.
My question to you is this:
What gift(s) have you been neglecting?
For next week, we will continue the discussion of 1 Timothy 4:11-16, finishing with the last segment of verses 15-16. If you're a high school student, join us in the Youth Suite at Second Presbyterian Church on Sunday evenings from 5:45-7:15 p.m. to be a part of our discussion on Faith and Leadership.