Hi, family! I wrote this morning about the idea that as believers in Christ Jesus, we each are equipped with talents and special spiritual gifts. I want to share a few more thoughts with you about discovering your spiritual gifts. There are different opinions as to what a “Spiritual Gift” is – some will say that they are limited to select gifts in the Bible while others say a spiritual gift is anything a person does supernaturally well. The Bible talks about gifts in Romans 12:6-8. Ephesians 4:11 and 1 Corinthians 12:1-14. There are other abilities and talents found throughout the Bible as well. As you explore where your gifting is, try serving in several different ways, not just in the areas that any assessment tests suggest. Experience is the true test! Please don’t be pigeonholed by tests! Assessment tools can give you some areas to think about and pray about. If you take the tests, it is important to be honest in your answers as to how you really are and not how you think you should be. The only should is that you should be yourself – how God made you! Don’t worry about finding the perfect fit right away. Allow yourself to learn as you experiment. Consider one-time serving to try out different ministry areas. After each serving, ask yourself: 1) Was the work meaningful to you? 2) Was your emotional energy higher or lower after you served? Were you energized or drained? Connecting your spiritual gift with an area of passion is the key to ultimate effectiveness and fulfillment in serving! Woohoo! That all just makes life fun!!!! It is also one of the keys to maintaining energy in serving! 3) Do you enjoy serving with the people involved? 4) Does it fit well with your schedule and time frame for the serving opportunity? You may discover that one part of a serving opportunity feels great while another part doesn’t, so use what you learn, both positive and negative to inform your next experiment. Don’t wait to be asked. Just step out! Whether your first step reveals your ideal serving spot or begins a slow process of self discovery, it will provide invaluable opportunity to invite God to reveal your calling, your gifts and your passion. Oh, I soooo love, love, love doing life with ya! Have fun exploring YOU!
“Each person should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”
1 Peter 4:10