Man Disappointed He Does Not Have Spiritual Gifts Of Bible Reading, Prayer, And Church Attendance
Philip Moriarty is struggling in his Christian walk. He is weak, and succumbs to temptation easily. He has been a believer for a couple of years now, but he doesn’t have any power to live the Christian life. He now realizes it is because God never gave him the basic spiritual lifestyle gifts that He gave to others.
“I am not a very good Christian compared to others,” Philip explains. “I didn’t understand what was going on for the longest time. I mean, I went to the altar like everyone else. I cried. I asked God to forgive me. But then things just didn’t improve. Then recently I realized what was wrong. I don’t have the spiritual gifts that God has given to others..”
At this point, Moriarty tears up, “I can’t read the Bible every day. I can’t pray regularly. I don’t go to church. I have friends who do these things, and they have a great Christian life and testimony. My nearly blind buddy, Bill reads his Bible all the time. He reads it when he gets up in the morning, on his lunch break, and at night before he goes to bed. It is apparently easy for him. I don’t have all that time to read, and God doesn’t make it easy for me. The same goes for my friend Julie and prayer. It seems like she is constantly praying. She is only six, but apparently has a vibrant prayer life. I can’t pray that often or that well. God just didn’t give me that gift.”
Church attendance is another area where Philip struggles. “I know a family with four children under the age of 10. They are always at everything… and on time. I can barely make it to the second service on Sundays. God obviously gave them the gift of church attendance. It just comes easy for them. There is no struggle. But not me. Some judgmental people say these are not spiritual gifts, but rather spiritual disciplines. Maybe. God apparently didn’t give me discipline either. I guess I will just suffer through life thankful that God gave me the spiritual gifts of being able to binge watch Game of Thrones and fish all weekend. But I sure wish these gifts would come with some spiritual stability. Maybe I will ask Julie to pray for me about it.”
[Thanks to Edward for permission to use his picture. He obviously has the gift of satire.]