God has given each believer a spiritual gift that He wants us to use for His glory, but we often don’t use it. We may deny that we actually have a spiritual gift or if we do acknowledge it, we may doubt its usefulness to glorify God, and then just bury it. But we must realize that God wants us to be involved with His work. He is so gracious that by His Holy Spirit He freely distributes gifts to all who are saved. He not only wants us to know our spiritual gifts, but He expects us to grow in them each day.
The Bible says in Ephesians 4:7 “But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Read about your gifting and then follow the suggestions and find a place to use that gift for the building of the kingdom.
Keep in mind that oftentimes the Holy Spirit gives us more than one gift which serves to keep our other gift (gifts) in check or harmonize to create a blended gift that God uses in unique ways. This is another reason why each and everyone of us has a unique role to play in the Kingdom even if your gift may seem just like someone else you know!
Scripture commands us to minister in many areas whether or not we have the corresponding spiritual gift(s). For example Scripture clearly tells us that some have the following gifts, yet all are to minister in these ways…
Gifts to some
- Ministering (serving)
- Showing Mercy
Commands to all
- Serve one another (Galatians 5:13)
- Exhort each other (Hebrews 10:25)
- All are to give (2 Corinthians 9:7)
- Make Disciples (Matthew 28:19)
- Be kind (Ephesians 4:32)
- Walk by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- All witness (Acts 1:8)
Oftentimes as we are faithful to these commands, after we discover our particular spiritual gift(s).
No matter what spiritual gift(s) we have received, the Christian virtue of love must accompany the exercise of those gifts; otherwise, they will prove unfruitful.
“If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GIFTS AND TALENTS:
Talents have to do with techniques and methods; gifts have to do with spiritual abilities.
Talents depend on natural ability, gifts on spiritual endowment. Talents instruct, inspire, or entertain on a natural level. However, when a gift is exercised, something supernatural happens in and through the one who is ministering.
Your God-given personality, talents, abilities and spiritual gifts all work together to make you uniquely you!
Put your gift to use in one of the ministry areas listed above or look here and discover other opportunities to serve.
“Whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.” (1 Peter 4:11)