For this post, it is going to broken up into two parts. We are talking about how to use your spiritual gifts. I strongly believe that knowing what your spiritual gift is and knowing how to use it is going to be a game changer in your walk with the Lord, and your place in this war that we are fighting in! I have a link at the bottom of this post of a test that I have used to find out my spiritual gift and I would highly recommend taking this test or one similar to this. Note that no man made test is going to tell you exactly what the Lord is doing in your life, but this is a good baseline to start digging into what God is doing in your life. I like using the test to try new things that might be in areas that you wouldn’t try before. I always thought that one of my spiritual gifts was teaching, and I still believe that is true, but I never though of myself as someone who is a mercy-giver. Now I want to dig into what that means and try the waters out to see if that is indeed a gift from the Lord!
For this post, I just want to give a small intro to what the spiritual gifts are and how God wants us to us them! I highly recommend reading through 1 Corinthians 12, 13 and 14. These chapters are where we find the most about the spiritual gifts and how to use them.
#1. Everyone has a gift: (Read 1 Cor. 12:7) God has given you a gift for a reason and He wants to use it for His good. If you have faith in Jesus Christ, then you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you. If you have the Holy Spirit living inside of you, He has empowered you with a gift or gifts. It really comes down to faith, to believe that He as given you gifts, and to let the Holy Spirit work though you in those things!
Before taking a quiz, did you know your gifts? Did you know you had gifts? Did what you thought you had match up with what the quiz said?
#2. Not all gifts are the same and that is good: (Read 1 Cor. 12:18). We see in 1 Corinthians that Paul talks about how there are many different body parts that make up a body. A body can not be made up of all eye balls; that body would not work. Paul says that we are the Body of Christ and that we are all one, but different parts. He makes us as different people and gives us different gifts!
God has been teaching me that we don’t only have different gifts, but we need to be thankful for our gifts and not be jealous of what God is doing in other people’s lives. There is a passage in John, where Jesus has just come back from the dead and is talking to Peter. Peter denied Jesus three times so in this passage we see that Jesus is restoring Peter three times. It is this beautiful scene of redemption and then Jesus tells Peter that the is going to build His church on him and his faith. Then Peter looks around and sees John and ask Jesus “But Lord, what about this man? Jesus said to him, “If I will that he remain til I come, what is that to you? You follow Me” (John 21:21-22)”. Peter had this incredible experience with the Lord and then he turns around and asks about someone else’s calling. Jesus wants you to just keep your eyes on Him and just follow Him. Jesus has a gift for you, don’t look at who is around you, just follow Jesus!
#3. It is ok and good to pray for gifts: (Read 1 Cor. 14:1). It is not a bad thing to want gifts that you might not have right now. I is ok, and actually encouraged, to pray for gifts like the gift of tongues and healings. God might wanting to give you a gift and wants to see if you have the faith to ask Him for it!
Have you ever prayed for gifts?
For your homework, I would encourage you to go over these questions and then take this quiz or one that is similar to it!
What is the Holy Spirit showing you? What were the highlights?
What are you going to do about it?