What should You do once You know my Gift(s)? Here are seven ways to unwrap your spiritual gifts.
- Dedicate yourself to learning more about your gift and how God wants you to use it. He will let you know in his time what you are to do.
- Develop your gift by using it. Seek out a Pastor or biblically based life coach, take courses that relate to the gift, and pay attention to how you develop in your gift.
- Study the Scripture.
- Talk to others having the same gifts because they will either have insights or may need your encouragement.
- Pray for guidance and strength. You may become discouraged at times about your gift and how you are being use or not being used.
- Be sensitive to the need of others when it comes to executing your gift.
- Do not neglect your role because God entrusted it to you for a reason.
Facts about Spiritual Gifts:
- Spiritual Gifts are not natural ability or talent.
- Spiritual Gifts are not the Fruit of Spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).
- Spiritual Gifts can be abused.
- Spiritual Gifts are received, not achieved.
- The Gifts allow for diversity within unity because we each have unique work to do.
- Each member of the Body of Christ is unique, important, and useful.
- Spiritual Gifts are good but only when ministered in love (1 Corinthians 13).
- The Gifts are diverse, but all are equally honorable.
How do you discover your Spiritual Gifts? Here are eight ways I believe will help you.
- Understand what the gifts are. Once you understand each gift you will be able to discern more effectively what yours might be.
- Accept that you are gifted with these special endowments given to you by the Holy Spirit on behalf of our Father who has a great plan for you.
- Analyze yourself. Look at your interests, passions, personality, and even your talents and skills.
- Seek confirmation from others. Sometimes people who are in tune with spiritual things can see what gifts you may have.
- Evaluate the results of all that you learned and observed about the gifts you believe you are blessed with. Do you see evidence of these gifts in your life?
- Dedicate yourself to ministry because in doing so you will eventually find your gifted path.
- Take an assessment online.
- Sit with a Biblical/Christian Coach, Counselor or pastor to determine where God might be using you.
Some people believe that knowing what your gifts are bare no true meaning. However, knowing the purpose of a thing is very useful. Not knowing the purpose of your gifts will cause you to live in what I call the “Haphazard Zone”. That is the zone where you walk aimlessly through life, day-to-day not knowing who you are or what is going on. You are allowing life to happen to you and not living life to the fullest.
Discovering your spiritual gifts will open your eyes to the purpose of your life.
Can you imagine where your life would be if you understood what God had for you? Or what you were born to do? Everything has a purpose. When you don’t know the purpose of something you will abuse it. You have a destiny. You have a call. God gave you gifts that you were designed specifically for.
The three main reasons why you need to discover your Spiritual Gifts:
- Knowing your spiritual gift(s) will enable you to find your place of ministry in the Body of Christ. Every Christian has a particular function in the body of Christ. Your spiritual gifts equip you to carry that purpose out and to enhance the Body of Christ.
- Knowing your spiritual gift(s) will enable you to determine your priorities. Knowing your gifts will keep your life with boundaries around it. You will not just let any and everything into your life. One of the most common problems we all face is having more things to do than we have time to do them. Paul says in Romans 12:6-8, that we should make the use of our spiritual gifts a priority in our lives. In simple terms, when we have too many things to do we must choose to function in the area of our spiritual gifts. In order to set priorities you must know what your spiritual gifting is.
- Knowing your spiritual gift(s) will be of great help in discerning God’s will. To expand our last point just a little bit further, knowing your spiritual gift(s) can be very helpful in discerning the will of God in the direction your life takes, especially your occupation. For example, if you do not have the gift of teaching or leadership, a teaching position perhaps that is not the field for you. There is a very distinct relationship between knowing the will of God (Romans 12:1-2) and understanding your spiritual gift (Romans 12:3-8).
Here are a few more reasons why knowing your gift is important:
- Commitment based on the focus of our gifts rather than abstract commitment will help you keep your commitments
- You will have more effective service in whatever area you are working in
- Appropriate commitment to ministry
- You will have more confidence in overcoming inferiority about who you are and what you are to do
Without character, the puzzle of achieving success falls apart. It is most important of all pieces to life’s puzzle. Without character, you can make money. But it will be worthless to you and to those around you. Look out in the world today: drug dealers and con artists have money—but they lack character.
If you go to all the work of achieving success, you don’t want to mar it with a lack of character that will make people pity you as you age and become less than you were intended to be.
Character equals integrity. Integrity is doing the right thing all the time, even when no one else is watching. You don’t have anything to fear when your integrity is in tact, because you have nothing to hide. You experience no guilt and no fear. And without those two traveling companions, it’s much easier to climb higher and farther, faster!
What does this mean in a practical sense? It means that you will put the right philosophy (the golden rule) in to practice in all that you do. You will not step on someone else to climb the corporate or success ladder; you will not stack bodies in order to reach the CEO position that you desire. You will treat people with respect, honesty, and trust. You will behave towards others how you want (and expect) them to behave towards you.
You will be the model of “doing the right thing” in your office, even if it isn’t appreciated or understood. Chances are very good that if you’re the only one doing the right thing, you won’t last where you are, but you will find something better where your integrity is appreciated and applauded.