Spectrum of God’s Gifts

I am awestruck at certain times of the day when, to my delight, the sun’s rays burst into a rainbow of colors passing through borders of beveled glass in decorative windows in our house.  It moves me to worship.

Visible light, also known as white light, consists of a variety of component colors. These colors can be observed as light passes through a triangular prism. As it passes, the white light is separated into its component colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.  The higher frequency (lower wavelength) violet light will travel more slowly through crown glass than the lower frequency (higher wavelength) red light.  Therefore, the colors of the visible light spectrum that have shorter wavelengths will deviated more from their original path than the colors with longer wavelengths.  Differing colors contained within the incident beam will be evident as different frequencies of light waves bend varying amounts upon passage through a prism.

God created mankind in His own image.  Humans have their own versions of His creativity, love for beauty, appreciation of good, revulsion over evil and injustice, and comfort from order.  Yet they have their own cultural and personal way of displaying this godly nature.  The subset of those who choose to trust Christ as His provision for their forgiveness and eternal life receive new life within themselves and the indwelling Holy Spirit, who generates internal power to live life supernaturally.  This is transmitted in different ways by each individual, depending on the spiritual gifts they receive from God and on their own God-given personalities.

For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.                                                     Romans 12:4-8

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.                       1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11

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