In the comments of my post “Admonish One Another,” Rick brings up a good question:
Too often we pour Christian sauce over normal human behavior. We talk about â€œsweet fellowshipâ€ as if it were much different from everyday socializing. I once attended a church where there was much talk of how we would â€œdance before the Lordâ€ at the annual Fall Festival, even though nothing distinguished it from the square dancing that happened all over town every Friday and Saturday night.
I have admonished and been admonished at work, in school, in grocery stores, during music lessons, at the DMV and public library, by our bookstore customers, at church and outside church. It is something that people do, Spirit-filled or not. Do you think this is the behavior that Paul describes in Romans 15:14?
His comment reminded me of a discussion that I’ve been having with several people over the last few weeks (maybe months now).
The discussion centers around this question: What is the difference (if anything) between a talent and a spiritual gift? Is there a difference between a talented teacher and a spiritually gifted teacher? Can a talented teacher not be a spiritually gifted teacher? Can a spiritually gifted teacher not be a talented teacher? (Feel free to use any spiritual gift to discuss these questions.)
What do you think?