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Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)
TITLE: The Invisible Man
By TJ Nickel
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So, that gift being what it is, and my wonderful wife’s lack of informing of me about the nature of this gift prior to trying out for choir, resulted in our little startup church electing to not fill that fourth singing slot. I guess the big plans for the quartet weren’t so big after all.
I showed a bit of promise as a theologian so the elders asked me to step in and lead four others in a men’s study each week. Within three week’s, Pastor Davis called me into his office to help him answer the emails from this quartet of men. Apparently, informing them that God isn’t both omniscient and omnipotent because knowing everything prevents the power to learn wasn’t wise counsel.
So, that gift being what it is, the elders asked me to be a fifth wheel. Of course, I’d managed to lose half the men in three weeks, so I became a third. God must be teaching us about his triune nature, because he doesn’t seem to like foursomes in our church.
The gift I received from the Spirit was the gift of invisibility. I looked all over for it in the Bible and for some ironic reason I couldn’t find it. It’s hidden in their somewhere I’m sure, because I get this haunting feeling like there’s some Ghostly part of God’s revelation of himself to be comprehended. Can’t seem to find it specifically, but I really think that’s my gift: invisibility.
Invisibility works hand in hand with omnipresence. Being one enables the other. That’s how God does it, I’m pretty sure. See I was brought up the seventh of thirteen children. You’d think lucky number seven would be a good place to be and poor number thirteen would be the cursed one. God does like twelve’s. Turns out the middle guy becomes invisible and the double sixes fold on top of one another perfectly, and number seven is the book’s binding. There’s no page for me in there, but I’m glued to everyone of them somehow and some way. When we’re looked at as a group, I’m the one people see staring them in the face as a label or representative of our family, but when you open up the story I can’t be found anywhere, as though I’ve been erased or turned into some ghost.
I tried finding a way to serve the church, and the world for that matter, where the gift of invisibility and omnipresence was a core component of the service. Turns out there’s only one such thing for such a person. That’s why I write.
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