Sunday, November 6, 2011

Discovering My Spiritual Gifts


I’ve recently begun to reread The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren as a kind of Bible study. Well recently means 30 days ago. Purpose #4 (= chapters 29-35) is about serving God. In the past two days (including today) questions were asked about spiritual gifts and how you serve the Lord in your community.
Also my home church tries to involve more people in ministry and there was a sign up sheet on the bulletin board where everyone who haven't had a ministry yet in the church could sign up for those which fit their spiritual gifts to build up the body of Christ.

I always wondered what my gifts could be.
When I visited other pages for my Halloween-post and was listening to David N. Taylor’s message I kept on surfing on http://www.gohardforchrist.com and I found a tool, a questionnaire / test for determining spiritual gifts.
According to the evaluation my gifts are:
1. Mercy
2. Music & Serving
3. Giving & Hospitality
4. Helps
The list about my dominant and sub-dominant gifts wasn’t surprising but these are things I was faithful doing also before getting saved. I thought spiritual gifts are gifts you get after you get saved. 

Mercy (See Luke 10:30-37)
It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain Christians to feel exceptional empathy and compassion for those who are suffering so that they devote their time and energy to alleviate it.

It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain individuals to praise God through various forms of music and enhance the worship experience of the local congregation.

Serving (See Galatians 6:1-2)
It is the special gift whereby the Spirit empowers certain members of the body of Christ to identify unmet needs of people and implement plans to meet those needs. Serving one another is a calling of all Christians, but there are some who have a special desire to find ways to serve, and get great blessing from it. There seems to be a special desire to meet physical needs in the people who have this gift.

Giving (See 2 Corinthians 8:1-5)
It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables certain members of the body of Christ to offer their material blessings for the work of the church with exceptional willingness, cheerfulness and liberality.

Hospitality (See Genesis 18:1-15)
It is the special gift whereby the Spirit enables members of the body of Christ to open their homes willingly and offer lodging, food, and fellowship cheerfully to other people.

Helps (See Acts 6:2-4)
It is the spiritual gift whereby the Spirit empowers certain persons to willingly bear the burdens of other persons and help them in such a way that they can do their tasks more effectively.


What are your gifts?

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