If you are a Christian in a large church like Woodgreen there are always areas in which you can serve the Lord. You want to grow as a disciple of Jesus and play a part in growing God’s kingdom so it’s important you know what spiritual gift(s) God has given you to be used to serve others.
What are spiritual gifts?
The Bible says a number of things about these spiritual gifts. Every Christian has been given at least one gift by the Holy Spirit and there are countless different types of gifts. And while spiritual gifts may bear a close relation to any natural talents or skills we may have, they are superior in that they are empowered by the Holy Spirit and are the result of our new birth, not simply our natural birth. After listing a number of spiritual gifts Paul states:
‘All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines.’ 1 Corinthians 12:11
Spiritual gifts are given by God to build up other believers. They are not for our benefit, but for the benefit of God’s community. Peter told those he was writing to:
‘Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms’ 1 Peter 4:10
And spiritual gifts are given to equip the Church to fulfil its mission. While some spiritual gifts do this in an obvious way, such as the gifts of evangelist and teacher, ultimately all the gifts are given, either directly or indirectly, to enable the church to function effectively as a mission-minded community.
And all spiritual gifts are useless unless they are exercised in love. Read 1 Corinthians 13.
How can you discover your spiritual gifts?
Here are some practical helps:
- Pray for insight to discover them.
- Seek the opinion of others who know you well.
- Be guided by the opportunities God brings your way in church life.
- Discern what natural abilities, skills or life-experiences God has given you.
- Assess what you have done in the past that you have enjoyed doing.
- Do a gift-discovery course or questionnaire.
- Have a go at something!