Sunday School: What Are My Spiritual Gifts?
Written by Jenn Arman | June 23, 2013
Hey girls! In a recent “Faith Chat,” we briefly discussed some spiritual gifts, and I know some of you were interested in discovering your own. I’ll include a link to my favorite spiritual gifts test in this article, but before we get to that, let’s make sure we’re clear on what spiritual gifts are. (Psst! If you haven’t been part of one of my “Faith Chats” yet, I encourage you to join us. We have lots of fun!)
Spiritual gifts are special abilities given by the Holy Spirit to each believer. No one receives every spiritual gift, but many believers have more than one. Every believer has at least one spiritual gift, and every spiritual gift comes from the Holy Spirit to be used for the common good of the body of Christ.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NASB).
There’s a lot of disagreement among Christians about how many spiritual gifts there actually are and how many of them are still given to Christians today. For example, most Christians believe that healing is a spiritual gift, but some Christians believe that particular gift was only given to first century Christians when the church was just beginning. My personal belief is that all spiritual gifts are still given by the Holy Spirit today, and I’ve never read anything in the Bible that contradicts that.
There are some Christians who believe that certain gifts like leadership and administration are actually the same gift with different names. Again, for those who are curious, my personal belief is that these are two separate gifts.
Some Christians prefer to stick with the spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament – Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12 and Ephesians 4. Other Christians include skills like music and craftsmanship because they’re skills that God gave to people in the Old Testament to help build the Tabernacle.
As you can see, there are many differing views on this topic. The particular spiritual gifts test that I prefer is available here. The youth version is available here. I recommend taking the youth version of the test if you’re 15 or younger.
I was required to take this test for the first class of my ministry degree, and I really enjoyed it. It’s free. In my experience, I found it to be accurate with what I know about myself and what others have observed, and it agreed with spiritual gifts tests that I’d taken in the past.
The test covers 20 spiritual gifts, skills and talents. The test covers all spiritual gifts taken from the NT sources I listed above, as well as some other prominent skills and talents talked about in the Bible. Once the test is completed, you are shown your results, and each gift is explained in more detail.
I recommend taking one or two spiritual gifts tests in your life, simply because they can give you some insight into your own personality and guidance on how you might best serve the church. Remember, these tests are written by humans, not by God, so they aren’t perfect. They can be interesting, though, and it’s pretty fun to have a better idea of your gifts.
My highest scoring gifts/skills/talents according to this test are music, exhortation, pastoring and writing.
Share your spiritual gifts in the comments below!
For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another (Romans 12:4-5).