The gifts

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    Some ask me what is the farthest out date the Rapture could be. My guess is 2917. God seems to be moving slowly. I could be right!
    So that gives us time to talk about the gifts. Will we even retain them after the marriage?
    Since we would all like to believe the time is short, let’s consider what gifts we have and what we have learned about using them.
    I only have one gift, and that is intercessory prayer. I have mostly squandered that by trying to pray for my own benefit. I have prayed for so long for a red two seated sports car to appear in my driveway, that some of those autos are now considered antiques! But since the Rapture could happen in 2917, I suppose I shouldn’t give up prematurely.
    Another trick I wasted a lot of time on was praying for people who I thought would benefit me. God most always saw through that.
    What I did learn two years ago, was to develop the A list. You don’t want to be on that list. It is the nuclear option! Instead of me praying for what I think is best for you; I pray that God will do whatever it takes to bring you to a knowledge of the saving Grace of Jesus Christ.
    I don’t play around with that prayer because I have seen it bring around some pretty messy situations.

    David R
    David R

    But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away. 1 Corinthians 13:10

    The best and simplest reply I can make is to repeat what Paul said. Intercession is needed when a person cannot adequately pray for himself. (Or herself.)

    My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the Lord;
    my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Psalm 84:2


    So that gives us time to talk about the gifts. Will we even retain them after the marriage?

    Interesting question, gobyebye. I’d venture an unqualified yes, and advance my guess that since most of us have been hard-pressed with urgent matters in this earthly life, even suffering serious disabilities here guaranteeing insufficient time or ability to discover / develop all our gifts, in the Kingdom our more subtle latent gifts may become amplified by having adequate time to devote to their enjoyment.

    In the process we’ll likely bring more glory to God both through retaining old gifts, and developing new passions. For example, I’d love to play piano well, at least for my own satisfaction. I suspect that if there are instruments up there, I could then develop both more familiar gifts and by new ones.

    For another example composing music glorifying the Almighty, performed when my large family or whoever else may want to join us, in singing praise to Him. Perhaps when Jesus comes to visit our home or even our little shire!

    Oh, and if they don’t have pianos up there per se, e.g., they being too archaic, I still may want to build one from scratch for nostalgic purposes.

    By the way, I have a question of my own: will procrastination still be a big no-no?

    Yessss to eternal life and eternal passion! God indeed gives us all things richly to enjoy! 1 Timothy 6:17

    I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes -- I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me! Job19:25-27

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