Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 

Discover Your Spiritual Gifts 

The Holy Spirit gives us spiritual gifts so his work can be carried out. In 1 Peter 4:10, we are told that “each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others.”

Some of the gifts the Spirit gave to early Christians were miraculous, and he no long gives those gifts today. But most of the gifts mentioned in the New Testament are ones he still gives to believers, (underlined below).

Romans 12:4-8 – For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give  encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

1 Corinthians 12:28 – And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, … those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, …

Ephesians 4:11 – It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up.

How can you know which gifts the Holy Spirit has given you? Here are three questions to help you discover your gifts:

  1. Power Where do I experience God’s power?
  2. Fruit Where do I see my greatest fruitfulness?
  3. Joy Where do I experience joy in life and ministry?

 

In the movie, Chariots of Fire, Eric Liddell delayed his return to the mission field to race in the Olympics. He said, “God made me fast, and when I run, I feel his pleasure.” God gave you gifts, and when you use them, you will “feel his pleasure.”

You might have the gift of showing mercy if you find yourself drawn to visiting people in the hospital or nursing home.

You might have the gift of service if you aren’t afraid to get dirty and do tiring, manual labor and help with projects at church.

You might have the gift of hospitality if you’re always on the lookout for guests at church and go out of your way to welcome them.

You might have the gift of administration if you like doing behind-the-scenes work organizing ministry activities.

Hopefully, you get the idea.

God gave you spiritual gifts so you could help accomplish the good works he wants us to do. I encourage you to take this online test and discover what your gifts are, then use them to serve others “so the body of Christ may be built up.”  

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10)