Do You Have Spiritual Gifts?

Ever feel like you’re nobody special, that God can’t use you, that you have nothing to offer?  That’s absolutely not true!  Not only has God made you a special, unique person, but He has given you gifts to use in your unique way for Him.

You will not serve God in the same exact way as someone else.  In fact, the Bible clearly says that there are different ministries and activities.  It is the Holy Spirit who decides who gets which gift.

“There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.  There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.  And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7.  “But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills” 1 Corinthians 12:11.

The Bible proceeds to list several spiritual gifts: word of wisdom, word of knowledge, faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, tongues, interpretation of tongues, apostles, teachers, helps, administrations, ministry, exhortation, giving, leading, mercy, etc (see 1 Cor 12, Rom 12, Eph 4).

Loaf of Bread -- freeAre these all the gifts?  No, of course not!  They are a representative sample.  You may have a spiritual gift of baking bread, or writing letters, that God has given you to use for His glory.  Spiritual gifts are whatever God chooses to give you that will build up His Body on earth.

SWriting A Letter -- interneto what’s the difference between a natural talent and a spiritual gift?  Sometimes, nothing!  God is God.  He can take a natural talent – that He gave you to begin with – and train you to use it for Him.  When you use it for His Body of Believers, it becomes a spiritual gift.

A secular singer who sings for money and wealth is not using a spiritual gift.  But if that singer turns his/her life over to God and gives that natural talent to God to be used for His glory, it becomes a spiritual gift.  The singer may still receive money – singers have to eat, too!

But the difference is that now their talent belongs to God and is used for His glory, not for the glorification of the singer.

Sometimes gifts are given miraculously.  Many years ago a fellow classmate told me a story.  She was asked to speak at a very small church in Inter-America.  She didn’t know Spanish, but the church was so hungry for contact outside their little region, that she agreed.  She took a translator with her.  As she spoke, the translation process was laborious and awkward, but she plowed on anyway.

Not too far into her sermon a man stood up from the congregation. And what he said astonished her.

In halting English he said, “Don’t use the translator, ma’am.  We hear you in Spanish.”  And he sat down.  She proceeded with her sermon – in English, without the translator – and the congregation understood every word!  God gave a miraculous gift of tongues at a time that was sorely needed for His people in that congregation.

Spiritual gifts can be natural talents turned into His use, or they can be miraculous gifts that God gives for a short (or long) time for a specific situation(s).  God is the one who decides!

So what if you don’t think you have a spiritual gift?  Take an inventory of what you do best.  How has God already gifted you?  Now turn these things over to God and let Him direct how you use them.  Then watch to see what He does with you!

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10 Responses to Do You Have Spiritual Gifts?

  1. Mel Thompson says:

    You’re right Sherry. Recognizing that each believer has a SPIRITUAL GIFT and the “Stewardship” of the gifting is a conversation that GOD wants us to communicate right now. Just curious, do you believe that ALL the “gifts” giving in the first church are still edifying today? I know, a topic that a lot of people in churches today want to ignore–Full Gospel churches versus… My belief? I’m a “FULL GOSPEL” believer. The whole ball-of-wax, kit-and-caboodle guy.

    • Hi Mel, since God is the one who dispenses the gifts, and He has all knowledge about any given situation, He can give any gift He chooses to edify any person, group of people, or situation where He knows that gift is needed. In that sense, I certainly believe all the gifts are operational. What I question is our need to force all the gifts to be somewhere that we think they should be. I’m willing to leave that with God. In 1 Cor Paul goes into a lengthy discussion in chapters 12-14. His central, and most important point is that love is far more important than any spiritual gift, so we should pay more attention to developing THAT!

  2. Anne says:

    WOW thanks for recounting the story Pastor Sherry.
    God is amazing. I see/hear new things to remind me of this each and every day.
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    • Hi Annie, I’m glad you see this every day in your life! God is certainly active in every day, but sometimes we don’t have eyes to see or ears to hear. It’s a blessing when we are able to sense God’s working in our lives.

  3. I used to get stuck a lot on spiritual gifts so I love what you write here:

    “Are these all the gifts? No, of course not! They are a representative sample. You may have a spiritual gift of baking bread, or writing letters, that God has given you to use for His glory. ”

    I may possess one or two of the traditional ‘gifts’ but it’s good to know that the creativity of Elohim extends beyond this. 🙂
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    • Hi Florence,

      God is not limited! Only humans are. Good thing, huh! You, my friend, have some awesome gifts that God has used and is using — gifts like compassion, organization, leadership, etc., and many more that one can’t see online. (I hope we get to meet in person someday.) Please don’t ever think you are lacking in gifts. God created YOU special, and has a special work for you!

  4. Thanks for this post. I know I have a gift of love, but I realized not all that long ago, I have a gift of encouragement too. God does bless us with gifts and these gifts are used to glorify him. They can be used to be servants to others, like Christ served others. God Bless you!
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    • Hi Steve, God created us in His image, so He created us with the capacity to bless others as He does — with the gifts He gives us. It all goes back to God, but it’s awesome that He trusts us to be part of His work!

  5. Christina says:

    I completely agree. God creates us all with a unique set of talents or gifts and they are tools that are meant to be used along the way. He equips us with everything that we need in order to do what he has called us to do. The question is whether we will use these tools to glorify God or ourselves.

    • A good question, Christina. When they glorify God, great good can happen, both to others and to ourselves. when we use them to glorify ourselves, not only do others not receive the blessing God intended, but we ourselves are taken further away from God. Sobering thought, huh?

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