The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts

“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

It’s interesting and fun to discover our spiritual gifts.  However, the Bible makes it clear:  the gifts have a purpose, and that purpose is not to puff us up or make us feel superior or special.  Spiritual gifts are given for one reason:  to build up or edify the church.  God did not give us gifts to use to accomplish our own goals, he gave us gifts so that we could spread the gospel and serve others.

When we do a spiritual gifts assessment, we need to be thinking not just, what are my gifts?  We need to ask ourselves these additional questions:

  1. How am I using my gifts?
  2. Am I using my gifts in a way that benefits my church and others in the world?

An unused gift is useless.  A gift that is not used to serve God is also useless.  We don’t all have the same gifts (the verse above makes that clear) and some gifts may be flashier than others;  however, the parable of the talents makes it clear that God expects us to use what we have.   In fact, it’s a use it or lose it situation:  The servant who buried his talents is condemned:

“So take the talent from him and give it to him who has ten talents.  For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance.  But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.  In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”  Matthew 25:28-30

Don’t be like that unworthy servant.  Discover your gifts, use them and feel God’s pleasure when you hear the words,

“Well done, good and faithful servant….Enter into the joy of your master.”  Matthew 25:21

 

 

 

 

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Discovering Your Gifts

You can probably tell from some of the posts you’ve read this month that a key to spending your time creatively and usefully is identifying your personal spiritual gifts.  The Bible tells us that we each have one or more gifts which are needed to build up God’s kingdom.  Since I love to read and study, I thought I’d mention a few books that deal well with this topic.

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In this book, 27 spiritual gifts are defined and discussed.  It also talks about gift mixes (because everyone usually has a number of gifts) and what gifts are not (natural talents –important also, but not the same thing).  It’s very Biblical and is a good place to start in understanding the topic.

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This book guides you through making a spiritual profile and plan for your individual gifts.

Both are available through Amazon and other booksellers, and probably at your local library as well.  I hope some of our readers will try one of them, and let us know on the blog how they help you.  If you’ve already read/used one of them, please let us know that, too!