Discovering Your Spiritual Gift

One of the incredible attributes of God is His creativity. His ability to make every person uniquely in His image is nothing short of astonishing. Psalm 139:14 says, Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it.”

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God has wired within every human being talents that come naturally to them. Some are naturally athletic while others are musical. We all know people who are able to organize with little effort and people who can take a problem, analyze the situation and communicate some clear solutions. Some people work better with their hands while others are more apt to use their mind. There are introverts and extroverts, those who prefer order and structure and those who are more spontaneous.

Life would be pretty boring if we were all the same. God knew that and that’s why He made us all different.

You get the picture.

The point is we are all uniquely complex – which is a good thing.

Life would be pretty boring if we were all the same. God knew that and that’s why he made us all different. He knew that community and relationships would lack if we all brought the same thing to the table. We would never learn the importance of depending on each other or the value of encouragement or support. If we were all the same most of us would be unnecessary.

That’s why God made us unique and wonderfully complex. He created you with a unique ability that you contribute to your realm of influence and that helps complete the community of relationships that God has surrounded you with.

Now – in addition to our natural abilities we also develop a set of skills that we learn over our lifetime. These skills often fall in line with our natural abilities but that is not always the case. Many people spend their life performing a skill that does not fit into or support their natural talents. Those people, even if they are successful often feel de-energized and empty.

All of us have natural abilities, specific skills and a third area that the Bible calls spiritual gifts. Those gifts are the focus of this online assessment. We want to help you discover the spiritual gifts that God has reserved and prepared specially for you and then help you find a potential ministry opportunity where you can activate your gifts.

It’s quite amazing when you think about it. The God of the universe not only created you but he created you with a purpose and that purpose is fulfilled through the gifts set that He has designed specifically for you to use within the body of Christ. God accomplishes this through the power and person of the Holy Spirit. When you give your heart to Jesus Christ and seek to live your life in obedience to His will the Holy Spirit comes and dwells IN you releasing the gifts that He has uniquely designed for you.

These gifts of the Holy Spirit can be in line with your natural abilities and skill set or they can be completely different.

The Apostle Paul wrote a letter to a church called Corinth where he instructs them on what the gifts of the Holy Spirit are. Here is what he writes in 1 Corinthians 12:4-7:

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.

So spiritual gifts are not reserved for a few or the spiritual elite, but given to each of us so that we can help others. That is the focus of spiritual gifts – they are given in order to be given away. Your gifts and my gift are to be used to help the people around us.

That is the difference between our abilities and natural talents. God gives us those things primarily to take care of ourselves and our families. But the gifts of the Spirit are given to us to serve and support others.

1 Peter 4:10 says, “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.

God has specifically and uniquely created you for a certain part in the body. No part of the body is less significant than another part. God has uniquely given and wired you with spiritual gifts. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to discover what those gifts are and use them for his glory and to build His Kingdom through his plan known as the local church.

As Paul continues to teach about spiritual gifts to the church in Corinth he uses a fascinating illustration – the human body! He refers to you and me as the ‘body of Christ.” That is a familiar term that you may have heard before. A lot of people think of community and fellowship when they hear the term ‘body of Christ.” But that is not what those reading Paul’s letter would have thought. When they hear Paul mention ‘body’ they would scratch their heads and instantly think of an actual human body.

Here is how Paul describes it – The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Now each of us makes up a specific and unique part of the body of Christ.

He goes on and writes – Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body?

Paul is helping us understand that no matter what your gift is – it is important and it is unique to you and for you. Don’t envy or be jealous of those with different gifts. That can be easy to do can’t it. I know that there are times where I watch one of the gifted musicians in our church and think to myself – If I could sing like him, then I could really make an impact. That would be a great way to serve.

But then God brings me back to earth and looks me in the eyes and says ‘if that was my plan and purpose for your life then I would have given you a better voice… but I didn’t. Stop trying to be a mouth when I made you a hand. That is their gift – not yours.

It’s so easy to begin to think that your gift is not as important or as significant as another person’s gift. Paul goes on and illustrates this point in verse 17 – If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything? Sometimes we focus on one person or position and when we do that we mess up God’s plan. Paul knew we would be tempted to do that so he makes the point about how silly and boring our bodies would be if they consisted of only one part.

But that is not the case, look at what he says next – But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body.

God has specifically and uniquely created you for a certain part in the body. No part of the body is less significant than another part. They all are needed for your body to function in health and wholeness.

Paul continues – In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary.

Let me ask you a question. Is your liver less important than your finger because it’s not visible? Are your finger nails more important than your blood vessels? Of course not! Paul is telling us not to equate visibility with importance – all parts are vital. That is why he says in v.27 – “All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it.”

We all have a role to play in the body of Christ. You know that to be true in your own physical body. If you have ever broken a bone or caught a virus you know that all of your body is impacted. When I broke my foot a few years ago the rest of my body automatically compensated. My brain told me not to put pressure on my foot and so I automatically limped.

Whenever you have a pulled muscle or a bruised rib or a sore throat your whole body is affected and impacted. It is the same in the body of Christ. When anyone of us, for whatever reason doesn’t put our spiritual gift into action and service it impacts the whole body.

That’s why Paul in Romans 12:7-8, writes this about spiritual gifts – “If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.

When anyone of us, for whatever reason doesn’t put our spiritual gift into action and service it impacts the whole body.

Paul uses a few gifts as examples to illustrate a point. Whatever your gift is – USE IT!

Now here is the paradox when it comes to spiritual gifts. Spiritual gifts are designed to serve and benefit others but the reality is, when you activate your gift and serve those around you – you also greatly benefit yourself. When you use your gift the Holy Spirit uses that action in your life to grow you spiritually. Spiritual gifts stretch and build our spiritual muscles causing us to become more and more like Jesus.

A huge component of our spiritual growth comes through serving. BUT WAIT.. THERE’S MORE. When you employ your spiritual gift you also discover who God designed you to be. You discover purpose and meaning for your life that cannot be discovered any other way.

When you serve you discover the pleasure of God. You learn more and more what it means to live out the promise of Jesus in John 10:10 when he said that He came to “…give us life to the fullest.

Our hope and prayer for you is that you will discover God’s unique gifts for your life and that you will embrace them and employ them so that you can live your life to the fullest and grow in your walk and relationship with God.

Your next step is to take an assessment that will help you identify your spiritual gifts. This is not a test. There are no right or wrong answers. The process will simply help you identify the gifts that God has given you.

The assessment is only as effective and helpful as you are willing to be honest about who you are and who you are not. It won’t take you long. So take your time and enjoy it. Just follow the directions and the computer will do the rest.

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