Spiritual Gifts

Romans 12:3-8 (NIV)

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a]faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

All believers of Jesus Christ posses spiritual gifts. Each of us have different gifts and these work together to make a church strong. All gifts are necessary and none are put above another.

When I first started attending Oak Hill I was hearing the phrase spiritual gifts quite a bit in Sunday school. I was unclear about how to know what gifts I may have. I was blessed to find a mentor in my woman’s Bible study who helped me fill out a spiritual gift inventory. This revealed I had the gifts of teaching, preaching, hospitality counseling. I learned that all gifts are important! This importance comes by the grace of God given to us. God expects us to use our gifts to share the Gospel and to glorify Him.

Ken and I talk to many disabled people who feel like they do not have any gifts. God does not give the gifts according to our abilities, education, family name, our wealth or any other societal label. Again with the acceptance of Christ as our personal savior; we are blessed with gifts that will play a significant role in our church involvement and our kingdom impact. Remember it is only through God’s grace that we are given these gifts.

If you are uncertain of your spiritual gifts I urge to check out some online spiritual gift inventories. Also feel free to ask a pastor or elder at your church for some guidance. Also, if you do not understand what a particular gift means; feel free to ask questions. I have many years of formal education and I am still learning how my spiritual gifts impact my worship.

As always, feel free to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

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