What Are Your Gifts in the Body of Christ?
DISCOVERING YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS
“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant.” 1 Corinthians 12:1 (NIV)
“Pursue love, and earnestly desire the spiritual gifts, especially that you may prophesy.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NIV)
SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE NOT…
1. Natural Aptitudes, Strengths, and Abilities
We all have natural abilities that weʼve learned from those around us regardless of Christian faith. Many times our natural abilities and strengths are redeemed by the Lord to become spiritual gifts.
2. Character Traits
We are all called to have character and our gifts should produce the nature of Jesus Christ in each person. A person should not say he has the “gift of peace” when we are all encouraged to develop that characteristic. Spiritual gifts offer opportunities for us to exemplify Christ.
3. Titles and Positions
Spiritual gifts often lead to titles or positions but a person may have the gift without the role or the role without the gift. Regardless we should serve whenever we are given the opportunity. Working in the area of your gifting will allow you to “be” the person that God has called you to be rather than just “doing” good things.
4. For Show
Spiritual gifts are endowments given by God to His people for accomplishing His purpose on the earth. Spiritual gifts are given for the glory of God.
“Follow the way of love and eagerly desire spiritual gifts… try to excel in gifts that build up the church.” 1 Corinthians 14:1 (NIV)
HOW DO I RECEIVE SPIRITUAL GIFTS?
A. Accept Jesus Christ as Lord of your life.
B. Acquire faith and truth in the area of spiritual gifts.
C. Apply yourself to learning about spiritual gifts.
D. Ask for the Lord to give you spiritual gifts.
“Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! It will be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that very hour.” Matthew 8:13 (NIV)
You may download the chart HERE: What_Are_Your_Gifts.pdf (5 downloads)
NARROW YOUR PASSIONS DOWN BY ASKING YOURSELF 7 QUESTIONS:
1. The People Question: Who am I most interested in?
2. The Action Question: What do I like to do the most?
3. The Strengths Question: When I am doing _____________ I feel the strongest.
4. The Serving Question: How can I help someone solely for their benefit?
5. The Interest Question: What God-honoring things interest me the most?
6. The Opportunity Question: What opportunities do I have before me?
7. The Nostalgia Question: When in my life did you feel the most fulfilled?
WHAT IS MY PERSONALITY TYPE AND LEADERSHIP STYLE?
(People or Task Oriented)
1. What are two primary spiritual gifts or natural abilities I have?
2. What two areas am I experienced in and / or most passionate about?
3. Based upon the answers above, what is one step I can take to start finding fulfillment in these three areas?
A. My Family
B. My Faith / Church
C. My Field of Opportunity / Job
THE NEXT STEP:
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…”Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)
1. Investigate your feelings.
A. Your gift may tie in directly with your temperament and personality. The same God who gives spiritual gifts also made up our total being.
B. Know your potential strengths and weaknesses.
2. Identify the opportunities.
A. Look for needs.
B. Based upon your gifting find out where you can be useful.
C. Do it.
3. Invest and grow in your gifts.
A. Study the Bible.
B. Research other material on spiritual gifts.
C. Get to know people who are using their spiritual gift.
D. Share openly with others the gifts that you have, think you have, or would like to have.
4. Inspect your results.
A. Your spiritual gift should work.
B. Gifted people get results. If you have the gift of healing, sick people will get well.
5. Insist on feedback from the Church family.
A. If you think you have a spiritual gift and you try to exercise it, but no one else in your church thinks you have it, you probably do not.
B. It needs to be confirmed. Feelings are important, but they are far from infallible.
C. When members of the Body confirm one anotherʼs gifts, more can be accomplished because everyone begins to see where they fit and how their gifts work together.