This article explores the responsible use of spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit, emphasising the importance of glorifying God rather than seeking personal fame. Delving into lessons from biblical figures, it underscores the need for vigilance and reliance on divine guidance.
Before proceeding, I would like to issue the disclaimer that this write-up does not seek to undermine the other spiritual giftings of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7-11 NIV, as all are necessary for building God’s church.
THE DANGER OF FAME
King Saul is a typical example. Before his ordination, he prophesied with the prophet, confirming his selection as king. Saul began well but ended up disobeying God’s command. In 1 Samuel 15:1-3, God commanded Saul through Prophet Samuel to punish the Amalekites, but Saul, wanting to please the people, disobeyed. His fame, coupled with disobedience and pride, led to God’s rejection.
LESSON: If your calling to ministry or officership comes from prophecy, humble yourself before the Lord and the church authorities, as pride can lead to rejection (James 4:10).
THE TRAP OF SEXUAL IMMORALITY:
Samson’s story highlights challenges men of God can face in relationships. Despite supernatural strength, Samson fell prey to Delilah’s charms, leading to betrayal and the loss of strength. While we can operate in spiritual gifts, caution with relationships, especially with the opposite sex, is crucial.
INSTRUCTIONS TO SAMSON’S MOTHER
The angel instructed Samson’s mother to abstain from wine and unclean food during pregnancy, protecting the child’s health and character. Samson neglected these instructions, leading to the loss of his strength. Similarly, ministers have manuals and constitutions; adherence depends on the individual.
LESSON: Men of God with such gifts must exercise caution in their relationships, maintaining emotional and physical boundaries.
The narratives of men of God in the Bible serve as cautionary tales and sources of inspiration. Pitfalls of fame, relationships, and finances are real, but repentance, forgiveness, and restoration are emphasized. Men of God with power gifts should learn from these accounts, recognizing the need for humility, discernment, and spiritual discipline in fulfilling their divine calling.
Written by P/Overseer Solomon Boadi