The Unwrapped Gift

Material gifts and spiritual gifts are very similar in the aspect of how they are unwrapped? They must be unwrapped by a person or process. A gift will lay dormant until it is opened. Who or what process has God placed in your life to unwrap your spiritual gifts? There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. Paul said: “There are different ways to serve, but we serve the same Lord. And there are different ways that God works in people, but it is the same God who works in all of us to do everything.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6, ERV)

God uses his spirit to operate our spiritual gifts. However, the gifts must first be open to be used unless they lay dormant. God opens our spiritual gifts through a person or through a process or situation in our life that causes pressure.

In the bible, Joseph’s gifts were opened by his brothers and Potiphar. Joseph was the most loved son of his father. He was given the famous robe of many colors. When Joseph reported having dreams of his brothers, and even the stars and moon, bowing before him, and their jealousy of Joseph grew into action.  The brothers sold him into slavery to a traveling caravan of Ishmaelites who took him to Egypt and sold him to Potiphar, the captain of Pharaoh’s guard.

In Egypt, the Lord’s presence with Joseph enables him to find favor with Potiphar and the keeper of the prison.  With God’s help, Joseph interprets the dreams of two prisoners, predicting that one of them will be reinstated but the other put to death.  Joseph then interprets the dreams of the Pharaoh, which anticipate seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine. Pharaoh recognizes Joseph’s God-given ability and prompts his promotion to the chief administrator of Egypt. Who or what process is God using to open your gifts?

Sometimes there is a process to  unwrapping your   gifts. Some gifts come with layers and layers of wrappings just like the process in making  a natural pearl form when an irritant – usually a parasite and not the proverbial grain of sand – works its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam. As a defense mechanism, a fluid is used to coat the irritant. Layer upon layer of this coating, called ‘nacre’, is deposited until a lustrous pearl is formed.

In this process, the nacre is used to form, reveal and unwrap the pearl which is the gift. Who or what in your life is being used to unwrap your gift to the world? God uses people or processes or situations to reveal, form and unwrap our gifts. Stop avoiding the process to being unwrapped by God.

How God unwrapped my prophetic gift?

 In 2001, I received the gift of speaking in tongues through Holy Spirit . Thus, I would go to intercessory prayer on Friday nights and I would pray with other saints on behalf of the church . However, I always felt as if I had more to give to the body than speaking in tongues. See, speaking in tongues is to edify you as well as praying the mysteries of God. Also, you are cultivating your love relationship with God.

Paul said: “Love should be the goal of your life, but you should also want to have the gifts that come from the Spirit. And the gift you should want most is to be able to prophesy. I will explain why. Those who have the gift of speaking in a different language are not speaking to people. They are speaking to God. No one understands them—they are speaking secret things through the Spirit. But those who prophesy are speaking to people. They help people grow stronger in faith, and they give encouragement and comfort. Those who speak in a different language are helping only themselves. But those who prophesy are helping the whole church. (1Corinthians 14:1-4, ERV)

It was my desire to help the whole church with my gift of intercession. So, God used the leader of the intercessory prayer ministry to unwrap my gift. Just as Joseph received favor from Potiphar and the keeper of the prison, I received favor from the leader of the intercessory prayer ministry. See, I was always a part of the intercessory prayer ministry at one location but my gift of prophetic intercession was lying dormant because no one ever unwrapped  it at that location.

However, when I moved to a different location within the same ministry, my gift made room for me.  Gifts can open many doors and help you meet important people (Proverbs 18:16 ERV). My gift of intercession opened the door for me to meet the intercessory prayer leader at a different location. She recognized that I had the gift of prophetic intercession. See, I   had a strong desire to encourage, exalt and edify the body of Christ through prayer and prophesying during intercessory prayer. So, that is what I did when I would pray but I did not know my gift was being unwrapped. I endured the process.

As this leader would allow me to prophesy during prayer, my gift was being unwrapped layer by layer just like when a pearl is being formed with the ‘nacre’. My gift is still being unwrapped layer by layer. However, through this process God continues to show me how strong I am through the process. Listen, as you are being unwrapped and revealed many are going to enjoy your gift and some will not appreciate your gift. Don’t be discouraged by the people that don’t appreciate and receive your gift. See, you just have to dust your feet off and keep it moving just as Jesus did in his hometown. 

He came to the world that was his own. And his own people did not accept him. But some people did accept him. They believed in him, and he gave them the right to become children of God. (John 1:11 ERV)    

 So, I encourage you beloved, whatever gift   God wants to unwrap in you be open to the process. Don’t resist certain people that maybe an irritant to you. Although, my leader was not an irritant to me, she was always very encouraging. However, this will not be the case for everybody’s unwrapping. God could be using them to unwrap   you even though they may be an irritant. Don’t resist the uncomfortable process. Develop in the fruit of long-suffering and patience. God wants to use your gifts to bring him glory. However, we must be willing to be  unwrapped by God. Ask God to give you a working revelation of whom or what situation is to  unwrap you? As God reveals to you, he is getting ready to manifest your gifts to the world Beloved.        

God uses people and or processes to unwrap your gift

So, I encourage you beloved, whatever gift   God wants to unwrap in you be open to the process. Don’t resist certain people that maybe an irritant to you. Although, my leader was not an irritant to me, she was always very encouraging. However, this will not be the case for everybody’s unwrapping. God could be using them to unwrap   you even though they may be an irritant. Don’t resist the uncomfortable process. Develop in the fruit of long-suffering and patience. God wants to use your gifts to bring him glory. However, we must be willing to be  unwrapped by God. Ask God to give you a working revelation of whom or what situation is to  unwrap you? As God reveals to you, he is getting ready to manifest your gifts to the world Beloved.        

 Be encouraged   Beloved you are a gift to the world!

Prayer: Dear Father, I exalt you above anything in my life. I give you all of the honor and glory. I can do nothing apart from you Lord. I surrender my hands, feet, eyes and heart to you father. I  pray for you to reveal my gifts to me and cultivate my gifts through the Holy Spirit. Open up the eyes of my heart to discern when to use my gifts for your glory. I pray that I am willing to be unwrapped by you father and through whatever process you see fit for me to bring you glory. I pray that your will be done on earth as it is in heaven in my life in Jesus name.