“Spiritual gifts are those strengths given by the Holy Spirit to be specifically used in building the kingdom of God”, explains Dr. Katie Brazelton, founder of Life Purpose Coaching Centers International, about today’s topic.
In 1 Corinthians 12:4-7, we learn “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” Don’t miss that last part – for the common good. These gifts are to be used for the benefit of others, not to build ourselves up or gain attention. To serve, to show, to help, to share for the good of ALL.
Spiritual gifts can be thought of as “God’s power tools. They make our job easier. They’re empowered by the Holy Spirit. They’re supernatural abilities that are made possible by the spirit’s power. They go beyond our learned skills. They go beyond our natural abilities. And we need them to do the work that God has called us to do” describes Pastor Sandy Adams of Calvary Chapel Stone Mountain.
The Holy Spirit indwells these gifts into Christians upon salvation, so we all get presents! These gifts are to be worked with other Christians. We’ve each been given certain gifts, so we can work in unison. As a body uses all its properties to operate, we each bring something to the table as one body. On our own we are out of place, unable to function appropriately. We find our beauty in the body of all of us, no one being more important than the other. You can’t have a softball team of 9 pitchers! We are successful when we each bring our own gifts to the team. God is the manager and sets the positions as he pleases, knowing who can use each gift.
Early in my faith, I did not understand God gave me gifts I was either born with or given for a season of service. I thought I could learn to be good at anything with instruction and practice. But God doesn’t want us to be good at just “anything”. He wants us to serve with passion and excitement using the gifts he graciously bestows on each of us.
I will describe individual spiritual gifts in the next blog. I will also include an assessment you can use to determine what gifts you may have received. In the meantime, read these scriptures about spiritual gifts: Romans 12:3-9; Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, and 1 Corinthians 12:27-31.
To Be Continued…..