I’m sure you’ve seen a glass that is filled half way and heard the question, “Is the glass half full or half empty?” The question is used commonly to gauge a person’s worldly view, optimistic or pessimistic. Do they look at life from a positive, thankful heart, or do they jump to the negative side and dwell on what is going wrong with life? I find that I am normally a “glass half full” type of person, but I do have times/circumstances when I look at my worldly life differently and more from a negative or doubtful perspective. It’s at times like these I realize sin is the determining factor. When I focus on the sin that is coming from the situation, then of course, all I’m going to notice is the bad. But when I refocus on God and the promises of the Spirit, I’m able to adjust and see the good. It took me some time to learn this, but God’s gifts are exposed in every situation. Sometimes you have to seek it, sometimes you have to accept it, and sometimes you have to use it.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit;
and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord;
and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God
who empowers them all in everyone.
To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (my emphasis added)
No matter what circumstances we are in, God is in it. So when we see something from the “glass half empty” point of view, we are distracted by the sin involved and not seeing the gifts of the Spirit. Remembering that God has equipped each of us with His spirit to further His Kingdom will change our perspective from worldly to heavenly. How can we use this gift if we don’t focus on it? If you find yourself looking at a situation from a negative perspective, search your heart to see why you feel negative. What gift of the Spirit has God given you to see how He could be working in that situation? He might have equipped you with exactly what is needed to change the situation from sin-focused to Kingdom-focused. You are equipped…don’t be afraid to let Him use you! Choose the gift of the Spirit.
For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7