Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Scriptures teaches that as Christians, we all have spiritually-endowed abilities over which God calls us to be stewards. The Bible refers to these special abilities as "spiritual gifts." In Peter 4:10 we are told: "As each one has received a special gift, employ it serving one another; as good stewards of the manifold grace of God." The fact that every Christian has at least one gift emphasizes each individual's importance in God's kingdom work.
Sadly though, most Christians don't even know what gifts they possess, much less how to use them. In recent years, several excellent studies have been produced to help Christians identify their spiritual gifts. Noted Following God author Eddie Rasnake now offers a unique look at this subject in the form of a twelve-week, interactive study that is ideal for small-group discussions. "Using Your Spiritual Gifts" is a probing study that will challenge readers to examine their spiritual health. The foundation of the study is built on the promise that all Christians are to be fruitful and productive in their walk with God. Part of being fruitful comes by knowing how to bear fruit-the fruits of the Spirit. As readers understand what it means to be fruitful in ministry, they will be better prepared to study what spiritual gifts are and how God wants those gifts to be used.