You are an important part of the Christmas story because God sent Jesus to die for you. Christmas has become all about gifts, but the Bible talks about different kinds of gifts.
1 Corinthians 12:4-10 talks about the Spiritual gifts (I have added the emphasis).
There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but they are all from the same Spirit. 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. Something from the Spirit can be seen in each person. The Spirit gives this to each one to help others. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak with wisdom. And the same Spirit gives another person the ability to speak with knowledge. The same Spirit gives faith to one person and to another he gives gifts of healing. The Spirit gives to one person the power to do miracles, to another the ability to prophesy, and to another the ability to judge what is from the Spirit and what is not. The Spirit gives one person the ability to speak in different kinds of languages, and to another the ability to interpret those languages.
Gift giving at Christmas is usually reciprocal—you give someone a gift and they give you one. God gave you the gift of his Son, forgiveness of sins and eternal life. The least you can do is to serve him with the gifts he has blessed you with. If you don't know what your spiritual gifts are yet, don't panic. You can start by loving and serving others. There are questionnaires that you can do to work out your spiritual gifts are. There are more spiritual gifts than those listed in 1 Corinthians. Perhaps we will look at some of them in the New Year.
Short and sweet inspirations for Christian teen girls.