Gifts

Dave Jones

"We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.  If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith."  Romans 12:6

Pastor Stanley has pointed out that discovering our spiritual gift (or gifts) is the first step toward a lifetime of rewarding service in God’s kingdom.  This discovery is not mysterious, difficult or complicated.  God does not work to confuse us.  He wants us to know and exercise our spiritual gift.

Our spiritual gift(s) is usually in accord with our distinct set of personal inclinations.  If we like helping others, service is probably our motivational gift.  If we enjoy study and investigation, teaching is more than likely our gift.  If others consistently benefit from our counsel and correction, the gift of exhortation is a good place to start in our search.

The second best indicator of our spiritual gift(s) is the confirmation of others.  If we like teaching, but no one learns, we should reconsider.  If we enjoy leading, but no one follows, leadership and administration are not our calling.

Another way to determine our spiritual gift(s) is to attend a class where our spiritual gifts, passions, abilities, personality and life experiences can be discussed.  This discussion can be helpful to learn how God has put us together for service to others.

Ask God today to reveal your spiritual gift or gifts.  Examine your likes and dislikes and seek the input of others.  Above all, remember your gift is given and determined by the Spirit and is to be used to bring glory to God.

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