Are you feeling called?
Do you ever feel as if you’re being nudged to do something? Not the debate between doing right or wrong, but the feeling like you need to change something or do more? Do you know what your gifts are? Are you utilizing the full potential of your gifts?
Lately, it seems like the idea of using the gifts we are given keeps popping up in my life. Most times, I just shrug it off, but lately, I feel convicted by it. One line spoken by our pastor has been resonating with me lately: What is my excuse? Guess I shouldn’t have any excuses when it comes to using the gifts I’ve been given when it comes to being a disciple of Jesus.
If you are like me, maybe you’re even asking what are my gifts?
I’ve struggled with this idea.
Above all, I know I am a child of god, woman, wife and mother.
I know that I like to bake, cook, sew, garden, craft, and read. Unsurprisingly, I know I like to be with my family. I know what I am sensitive, even though I try not to show it. I know that I worry about other people and their feelings more than my own. But what does that have anything to do with the gifts I’ve been given? I have always felt like it doesn’t amount to much in the grand scheme of things.
And with these in mind, how can I utilize them in order to use the full potential of my gifts?
Are these attributes even part of my God-given gifts?
If you are like me than maybe you have or will take a spiritual gift test. Yes, I have taken one. Okay, maybe a handful of them. Was I surprised by the results? Yes and no. I’ll explain in a moment…
Before I write more, I want to share some scripture that talks about our spiritual gifts.
4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NIV
The gifts are primarily outlined in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 28 and Romans 12:6-8 and include: wisdom, knowledge, faith, healing, distinguishing between spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpretation of tongues, governments, guidance, prophecy, serving, teaching, encouraging, leading, and showing mercy.
These are the main scriptures about the gifts, but by simply confining and limiting them to these passages would be to limit God. He will give gifts based on their necessity in various circumstances.
I took the adult spiritual gift test found at Spiritual Gifts Test and quite liked it. The gifts it scores you to include: administration, apostleship, discernment, evangelism, exhortation, faith, giving, healing, interpretation of tongues, knowledge, leadership, mercy, miracles, pastor/shepherd, prophecy, serving/ministering, teaching, tongues, wisdom.
Now back to my results.
I took a handful of tests and I always seem to score high in three areas: teaching, pastoring, exhortation.
Was I surprised at teaching? Not really. I have my education degree but never considered it’s implications in regards to teaching outside of schools.
This threw me completely off guard. I can public speak fairly well, but I’m not trained; I cannot imagine myself standing before a whole congregation and delivering a message they can take home and consider and apply to their lives. I don’t know the bible forwards and backwards, how can my word be taken as fact? But upon reflecting, the gift is so closely related to teaching and to think of other ways to “pastor” beyond speaking as a lead pastor, that I can see for myself.
First thought? What does that even mean?! Seriously.
I turned to my bible and looked for verses that used exhortation. One I found was when the church in Jerusalem sent Barnabas to Antioch:
When he arrived and saw what grace (favor) God was bestowing upon them, he was full of joy; and he continuously exhorted (warned, urged, and encouraged) them all to cleave unto and remain faithful to and devoted to the Lord with [resolute and steady] purpose of the heart.
Acts 11:23 AMP
Upon researching what exhortation means and what one must do, I was drawn to it. To be an encourager of faith and faithfulness. In combination of my other two gifts, they all started fitting together in my mind.
This was my final push for starting this blog. To be an encourager. To teach what I have learned through study or lessons I’ve learned along the way. It is the start of my journey to using my gifts.
What are your spiritual gifts?
Are you using them in a way pleasing to God? If not, let me encourage you to ponder and pray for what your next step is on your journey.
In my coming posts, I’ll be writing more about gifts and how to use them. By knowing and understanding our gifts, we can learn hot to fully utilize them and share them.
Are you utilizing the full potential of your gifts?
Many blessings to you! Thank you to all who are following me on my journey; if you aren’t already, please feel free to follow me to get notifications on upcoming posts.
Feel free to comment below with your spiritual gifts, how you’re using them, and/or how I can pray for you.
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