“Discover Your Spiritual Gift”

Posted: November 27, 2018 in Spiritual Gifts

The Scriptures teach and we believe that every true New Testament believer was/is given a spiritual gift at the time of his/her salvation (1 Peter 4:10; Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12-14; Ephesians 4:11). Sadly, many Christians spend their entire lives thinking of themselves as nothing more than “bill payers” or “pew warmers.” They “sit, soak, and sour” because they take in God’s Word but don’t apply it to their own lives and share it with others (James 1:22; 2:18-20; 2 Timothy 2:2). They are like the Dead Sea. Others sometimes think more highly of themselves than they should (Romans 12:3). We need to remember that “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

Gifts. After Christ died for our sins…and rose again bodily from the dead on the third day He ascended on high to the Father’s right hand (Acts 1:9-11; Ephesians 1:20). Then He gave some believers the spiritual gifts of evangelists and pastor/teachers to equip the church (Christians) for their work of ministry (Ephesians 4:11-16). These are the good works that God planned for us to do while we’re here on earth (Ephesians 2:10). If you’re a true Christian, do you know what your spiritual gift is and are you using it with love for the glory of God and the good of others (1 Corinthians 10:31; 13:1-13; Galatians 5:13; 6:10)? If not, why not start now? Our crowns, rewards, and praise at the Bema Seat Judgment will be determined by what we do here on earth (1 Corinthians 3:11-15; 2 Corinthians 5:10).

Body. Most of us have taken biology and/or human anatomy in school. We have come to realize that our human bodies are made up of many parts – some visible to others and some internal members that aren’t seen but which are vital to the function of the whole body. Working together they enable us to think, live, move, breathe, walk and talk. “For as the [human] body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is [the] Christ” (1 Corinthians 12:12; 13).

Test. “Have you ever taken an aptitude or vocational interest test? If you have, you know these tests often measure dexterity, vocabulary, and problem solving ability. Their purpose is to identify skills you have as a guide for future education and training. That way you might avoid becoming a square peg in a round hole.

Questions: “Here’s a three question ‘aptitude test’ to help you discover your spiritual gift…for use in your local church:

1. As you examine your church’s ministry, where do you think improvement could be made? (This is probably an area which would involve your gift, as revealed by your sensitivity to need in that area.)

2. What type of ministry do you eagerly anticipate doing?

3. What type of ministry do others compliment you on?” [1]

How To Discover Your Spiritual Gift [2]

by David K. Spurbeck, Sr.

1. Know what the temporary and extant spiritual gifts are. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10

2. Walk by means of the Holy Spirit. Galatians 5:16-25; Ephesians 5:18; Romans 8:14; 1 John 1:9

3. Ask God for wisdom and illumination. Ephesians 1:18; James 1:5; 3:17; 1 John 2:20, 27

4. Be available and patient. Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Thessalonians 5:14; Galatians 5:22, 23

5. Ask for the acknowledgment of other believers. Galatians 2:1-10

6. Does God seem to be blessing your efforts? 2 Corinthians 3:1-3; 1 Thessalonians 2:19, 20

Are you teachable, willing to study, and to change if necessary (2 Timothy 2:2, 15; 3:16, 17)? If you’d like to learn more about “Spiritual Gifts,” go to www.kelseypeach.com and to Bible Basics Docs. For more information, go to https://kelseypeach.wordpress.com/category/spiritual-gifts/ For audio/visual presentations, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsexvC2jhnk and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JhgPB5T2OlM

Help. We can be reached through our website: www.kelseypeach.com. Please let us know if this information has helped you discover your spiritual gift. To receive future articles as they come out, click on “Follow.”

Some of this material has been adapted and condensed from [1] “Your Daily Walk” Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Atlanta, Georgia, Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Michigan, p. 386, and from [2] “Spiritual Gift: Which One Is Yours?” by David K. Spurbeck, Sr., Valley Baptist Church, Gaston, OR 97119

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