I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith. Romans 1:11-12 NIV
This scripture comes from the book of Romans, which is a letter written by the Apostle Paul to the new believers of Rome, whom he has never met. He has expressed to them that he has heard reports of their faith, and would love to come to visit and share some encouragement and impart some spiritual gift to them.
What I love about this scripture is that Paul goes on to say that should he be able to come and see them he would also be encouraged by their faith. Though Paul has a directive from God, and is quite certain of his power and calling from Christ he still has something to gain from being connected to these new believers; not just for their benefit but for his as well. He recognizes their FAITH as a spiritual gift from God, who gives faith to those He chooses in His measure. It isn’t something that we grow and cultivate on our own; it is the constant and enduring revelation we receive that deepens our faith.
The implication for inexperienced believers is huge when it comes to them feeling their worth in the body of Christ. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been walking with the Lord, the deposit of the Spirit and the gift of faith that has been placed in you empowers you to be a blessing and encouragement to others. At every stage of a life lived in service to Jesus Christ, you have something to receive and something to offer to those around you!
That’s great news for the Kingdom of God when His people realize who they are and what they have in Christ. Spend some time in prayer and thanksgiving, asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the ways in which he’d like to use you today.