Our Sunday sermons recently have been on I Corinthians—the issues of the early church in Corinth and how we still deal with the same issues today. In Life Group this week, discussion focused on our spiritual gifts. When each person was asked to share his or her own spiritual gifts, the silence thundered. Hesitantly, I said, “Sometimes it’s easier to say what other people’s spiritual gifts are than our own.” So then I got lots of teasing about changing the question and the tension was broken.
But what are your spiritual gifts? The Bible is clear that we all have them and should recognize them as such. Earlier, I heard a Christian man say that he believes one of his spiritual gifts is contentment. Paul tells Timothy that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Timothy 6:6.)
When we see lists of spiritual gifts, Paul is often saying that some gifts are obvious, such as teaching or healing, but some are not. And yet all are important to God. We cannot all be the hand or the head or the foot, but all are necessary (I Corinthians 12.)
So, just to yourself, can you identify your spiritual gifts?
- Are you a good listener? Does your empathy show?
- Is hospitality your thing? Do people love to come to your home or eat your food?
- Is your gift serving children? Do babies still at your touch or your voice?
- Is your gift to pray? Do you constantly go to God in prayer on behalf of specific situations?
- Are you an encourager? Do your notes or emails lighten someone’s day?
- Are you content? Do you feel grateful for what you have without striving for more?
- Is your gift spiritual reflection? Do you think on God and his will every possible moment?
I think it’s important to identify our own gifts, even if we feel that telling others would not be humble. (Does that make humility one of our spiritual gifts? If we identify it as such, have we then lost it?)
Christianet.com offers a free Spiritual Gifts quiz, in case you’d like help identifying your gifts. You get your score right away, but be forewarned: this does not in any way cover all the possibilities for spiritual gifts!
However we go about it, let’s each look within ourselves to accept and use the gifts God has given us with which to glorify him.
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