Embracing Your Spiritual Gifts
Written by Christi Given | July 30, 2017
We all have different gifts and talents and are called to unique assignments in our lives. How do we navigate where God wants us to go and how do we stay faithful with the talents He gave us for His Kingdom’s purpose and glory? We must ask God where He wants us in the short-term assignments and seasons as well as in the future long-term visions He has given us.
There are different talents and entrustments God has given us and we are all blessed with different amounts according to what we can handle. No one is better than the other. We must be faithful with the amount we have been given.
What Are the Different Spiritual Gifts?
Before we know where we are called and what we are to do for the advancement of God’s Kingdom, we must understand the different spiritual gifts that exist. Understanding our strengths and knowing what we are good at or meant to do helps us on our journey in navigating our life.
God’s Word tells us:
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues, these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
No Gift or Talent Is Better Than Another
We must understand that ALL parts of the church in the body of Christ are valuable. No one is better than their brother or sister, whether they are serving coffee on a Sunday, singing in the choir or preaching. We are all valuable in the Kingdom and we all need each other. Worship is how we live (lifestyle of praise and honor to God), and how we love and treat one another is how people know we are of God and are Christ followers.
Never belittle yourself by thinking, I’m just a greeter at my church, I’m not doing a mission or I’m not the main worship pastor…. No, you are just as important. We all have to give an account and we can all do different missions according to God’s purpose for our life.
Some people are good at graphics and technology. There are some people who love to preach and evangelize to people, even strangers. That is the beauty of the different functions of the church. There may be some of you who are excellent at baking or cooking and can contribute to the church in some way. Certain people are really good with kids or love children, and some love to travel and can help be a missions leader.
We all have a purpose and a place, so trust in God that YOU have an assignment and a talent. Ask God what that is and ask a youth leader or pastor what they believe your spiritual gifts are. Remember to not compare to others and to make sure you follow your own calling, not someone else’s task, amen?
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so, the body is not made up of one part but of many.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment.
But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. (1 Corinthians 12:12-26)
PI Girls, do you have a strength or passion in life for God’s great co-mission and what is your spiritual gift? Comment below!