What’s the Most Important Spiritual Gift?

1426291_47484317On Sunday that’s what we are talking about – the most important spiritual gift there is. In fact, I think the case is pretty easily made that this one gift is the gift that has transformed the world. I think both Biblically and historically the case is easily made that this one gift is the most important of all the spiritual gifts.

And no the gift I’m talking about isn’t any of the ones we normally think are important: preaching, prophesy, healing, or even evangelism. This gift is almost so “normal” that most people don’t even recognize it as a spiritual gift. This gift is so “everyday” that we forget how radical it is.

So any guesses what gift I’m talking about?

Well on Sunday we’ll find this all out. But here is a hint, I’m going to be preaching from this passage in Matthew 25 where Jesus says:

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” Then the righteous will answer, “Lord when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink? And when did we see the a stranger and welcome thee? And the King will answer them, “Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me”

So as you think about it come ready to discover how we can change the world through one simple action. And it fits in nicely with thanksgiving and welcoming others, opening our lives to them, and most of all opening our homes.

The Art of Asking Great Questions

A little while back, sitting in a hot tub with friends, I was asked a great question.

We were getting to know new friends a bit better and at one point they asked me. What’s the best memories you have of your dad? What were the best things about him?

That is a beautiful question. Deep, open, vulnerable, and welcomed. So I got to talk about my dad for a bit. It was beautiful.

Those are the types of great questions that take relationships deeper. Ones that open up not only conversation, but someone’s soul and heart.

Why not make a practice of asking deeper questions – beyond “How was the week”. Why not ask what did you learn this week? Where did you find joy?

So what are some of the great questions you’ve been asked?

Share some good questions here. But more importantly, share them with friends and family…