I have a friend the recently saw angels in the temple. I’m happy for her. But the fact is I’m not particularly envious. Seeing angels isn’t really high on my list of desired spiritual gifts. As a result I suspect I am highly unlikely to see any until I start really wanting to and asking to.
This friend is a relatively recent convert who is half Chinese (her mother was raised in China). She has the advantage of a Chinese heritage where visits from dead relatives are fully expected. I find it unsurprising that she would receive angelic visits as a result. She wanted them and she probably fully expected them. And what better place for visits from ancestors than in the place where she was doing vicarious work for them? I do not doubt she actually saw these angels at all. The fact is that her culture aided her in generating the type of faith that allows for such a manifestation. I think it is a wonderful thing.
I, on the other hand, am about as Westernized and Americanized as one can get. My parents are converts and we have ancestors that arrived on the Mayflower. In my culture we don’t expect or seek to see angels. But is that such a bad thing? Am I missing a lot by not seeing angels?
I listed all the gifts of the spirit I could find in the scriptural summaries of such gifts in a previous post. I have concluded that I currently get all of the Spiritual Gifts I seek. These include:
ï¿½ Power to teach the word of wisdom
ï¿½ Power to teach the word of knowledge
ï¿½ Great faith
ï¿½ Working mighty miracles
ï¿½ Power to prophesy
ï¿½ Knowing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God
ï¿½ Believing those that know this
ï¿½ Knowing the differences of administration
ï¿½ Knowing the diversities of operations
That is all but three of the gifts I found in my cursory combing of the relevant scriptures. The other three are:
ï¿½ Beholding ministering angels
ï¿½ Speak in tongues
ï¿½ Interpret tongues
I have no doubt those other three are available upon asking too. I know lots of people who have received them. I just haven’t had much need (or desire) for any of those yet. I suppose if the need ever arose I could get them too. But they would probably require some extra work on my part because they are pretty foreign to my culture.
So why all the wailing and gnashing of teeth in the Bloggernacle about our not having the Gifts of the Spirit today? As far as I can tell all the gifts of the spirit are there for the asking right now.