Romans 12:6 (NLT) tells us that in His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well and 1 Corinthians 12:7 (NLT) says; A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. Amazing! If you are God’s child, you have received at least one spiritual gift from Him. Isn’t that exciting?! It has been my experience being in bible studies for so many years that it can take time to realize the gift(s) the Lord has given us. As our relationship with Him grows, and we learn to hear His Spirit guiding us and speaking to us, our spiritual giftedness becomes clearer.
The exciting thing about our growing intimacy with Abba Father is that His Spirit within us has specific plans and purposes for us while here on earth, and He uniquely equips His children with gifts in order to fulfill many of His purposes for us. It is disturbing that many Christians today have no idea what their gift is, nor are they encouraged to discover their gift by their church leaders. In fact, we were at a church for a short while where it was discouraged to know and use our spiritual giftedness. What? -This is false teaching and not at all what Jesus teaches us in His Word. Our giftedness is not about us; it is about encouraging and helping others. The leaders are not the only ones with gifts; every believer is part of the body of Christ and every believer is promised a gift to use within our Christian community.
The following is a sampling of some of the gifts the Lord gives His children:
Romans 12:6–8 (NLT) In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 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.
We do not determine our giftedness; our gifts are determined by Abba Himself and are given because of His favor and kindness toward us. We did nothing to deserve any area of giftedness He gives us. It is important to note that whatever our gifts may be, we are called to serve the Lord whenever and wherever He prompts us. We are called to love and serve others whether it is within our specific gifting or not.
How do you know what your spiritual gift is?
There is no concrete formula in identifying your spiritual giftedness; however, the following questions will lead you in the right direction:
1) The most important place to start is by asking Abba Father in Jesus Name what gifts He has given you.
2) What are you good at doing? What comes easy to you?
3) What do you find interesting? What do you enjoy reading about or what activities are you drawn to sign up for or where do you most enjoy volunteering?
4) If you dream of doing something what is it? Spend time dreaming with God; He can plant some wonderful dreams in your heart!
5) What past experiences or jobs did you enjoy?
6) What are your current responsibilities? Do you have your spouse’s support? Sometimes we just know how we are called to serve the Lord, but need to be patient before we can serve wholeheartedly due to other responsibilities, such as, raising our children.
7) Where do you see areas of improvement? What needs are there that seem obvious to you on how to improve upon?
8) Have your family members, friends, and church confirmed your giftedness? If you are the only one who thinks you are gifted in a particular area, this is probably not where the Lord is calling you. Ask people you trust to be honest with you.
9) Can you confidently ask for God’s blessing in Jesus Name and not your name? Sometimes we confuse the world’s standards with God’s standards, and we want to do things to make a name for ourselves. Our gifts are always given to bring glory to the King of Kings and build up our brothers and sisters.
The tricky thing about fulfilling our purpose while using our giftedness is that sometimes God just calls us to serve in a place where we are not using our particular gifts. Usually, this is for just a season and is always meant to teach us, grow us and usually humble us. “Blessed are the humble for they shall be exalted”; it just seems He will not cut us loose to walk out our giftedness until we reach a certain level of humility; perhaps we would take the credit for our giftedness otherwise.
1 Peter 4:10 (NLT)
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
All gifts are from the hand of God. You did nothing to deserve any gift you possess; they are gracious enablings from the Lord for the display of His Splendor.
When you received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, He deposited one or more spiritual gifts within you. You find meaning and your purpose in this life when you discover your gift(s) and use it to build up God’s chosen people. Read God’s Word and grow in His Truth and Grace. As you grow and walk out your faith, your gift(s) will become obvious to you and others. (You may want to find a spiritual gifts test and take it for confirmation.)
Be who you were made to be; do not compare yourself to others or wish you had a different gift. Embrace who you are in Christ. Ask Him to help you identify your special spiritual gift(s) and thank Him for blessing you.
Will you dedicate your gift(s) to Him by serving others whole-heartedly and with cheerfulness? Do not hold back and do not neglect your God-given gift. Give it freely as a good steward (Luke 16:1–13) of God’s amazing Grace.
Are you serving others with your gift?