Each of us has a God given spiritual gift. A gift that is built into our personality. A gift that will be revealed to us through the Holy Spirit when we have a relationship with Christ. A gift that we can use to honor God through our service to His people.
1 Peter 4:10 says “Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”
Over the next few weeks, I would like to discuss these gifts and how they can be used to serve at church, at home and in the community. The spiritual gifts I will be discussing are the Gifts of:
Prophecy: Speaking what God wants said with clarity, creativity and power. Confronting people with the truth about God and humankind with repentance as a result
Service: Expressing the love of Christ by meeting the practical needs of others
Teaching: Understanding and communicating the Christian faith so that it rings clear to others
Exhortation: Encouraging others by well-timed and wise counsel
Giving: Meeting the material and financial needs of others with Spirit-inspired generosity, knowing that all gifts come from God
Leadership: Ministering to those in need by identifying challenges and solving problems
Mercy: Sensing the wide range of emotions and needs in others and providing compassionate, caring support
We all demonstrate some level of each of these gifts at various times in our ministry. However, we all shine in one area. Do you know what your spiritual gift is? If not, I hope our study over the next few weeks will help you define your gift and discover where to use it.
Sometimes we don’t recognize our spiritual gifts because we have a weak relationship with God. The answer, pray to invite the Spirit into your life. Sometimes we don’t recognize our gifts because we are not currently serving God’s people… so get out there! Start by taking small steps in caring for others. Sometimes we just haven’t taken the time to examine ourselves and identify our gifts. Hopefully this blog will help with that!!
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. There are differences of activities, but the same God who works all in all. But the manifestations of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all”
Our gifts are Spirit given, focusing on God’s truth and meant to be shared. Charles Stanley says in his book, “Ministering through Spiritual Gifts” 1 that these gifts are designed to work together through
Love—in our attitude, tone of voice, actions and relationships
Humility- by treating each other with respect, gentleness and patience
Peace- bringing peace to heal, restore and bring continuity and unity
So stay tuned! Hopefully we will all discover more about our spiritual gifts and where God is directing us to use them.
Peace, Blessings and the Light of Christ be Yours,
1Charles Stanley, Ministering through Spiritual Gifts, Thomas Nelson, Inc. Nashville, TN, pg 18, 2010.