Hi precious blog readers! Today I want to speak with you about an important subject. Today we are going to be discussing the gifts of the holy spirit. First, consider the following passage of scripture:
“4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone.7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.”
“3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”
A couple of points here:
1) You will notice that God makes it clear, there are a variety of gifts given uniquely to each believer, but given by the same spirit of power and for the purpose of giving grace to the world. If you are anything like me, you struggled or are currently struggling with wanting one of the miraculous gifts, and may be tempted to be dissatisfied if you don’t have one of them. It took me a very long time to determine what my spiritual gifts actually were, but I was annoyed because others in my life kept suggesting that one of them was exhortation of the saints, and I will admit that I was dissatisfied with this for a little while. “What?” I thought. “No. I want to have the gift of prophecy….I want to have the gift of healing…”etc. You get the point. Eventually, God taught me that every gift that He bestows is worth having, and infinitely valuable. It also turns out that others in my life were right. He did indeed give me the gift of exhortation of the saints. Do you notice that last verse? “All of these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually AS HE WILLS”. Don’t get caught up in the trap of wishing you had a different gift. Be grateful and trust that His will for your life is just as unique as the DNA in your body. Whatever gifts He chooses to give you by His Spirit’s power, His will is perfect. Make sure you are bending to it, rather than being childish as I was for a time. It is only when we truly embrace our spiritual gifts with a thankful and humble heart that we open ourselves up to be wholly used by Him. Keep this always in your mind, and do not allow the enemy to lie to you, and convince you that your gifts are less useful in serving His kingdom than the gifts He has chosen to give another.
2) Your spiritual gifts, just like everything else, were given to you so that you might touch the world through the power of the Savior, to lead others to a place where they are undone by the love of Jesus. Your gifts are for the glory of the kingdom, and you must be diligent in using them. The passage from Romans 12 helps to express this, as well as reminding us that we are to serve with our gifts in all humility. He did not give us our gifts for the purposes of boasting…He did not pour out His spirit with such gracious liberality that we might sit back and do nothing with the gifts that He bestowed. He gave us each our gifts that we might serve with them with all diligence. That the world might see the beauty and splendor and glory and grace and compassion of His heart. He wants the world to know Him. To love Him. He has offered Himself to a world that is hopelessly lost without him, and He has given us the tools that He wishes us to have in order that He might glorify His name. Use your gifts with diligence and humility, not trying to outdo your brothers and sisters, or to gain glory for yourself, but that the glory of the King might ever more shine, because you have been faithful in what you were called to do.
3) Spiritual gifts are given only to those who are partakers in salvation. The saved, the redeemed, the ones whom God’s precious spirit indwells. The gifts of the Holy Spirit come directly and solely from the Holy Spirit. From the heart of God as He lavishes them on His children, equipping them with special power to accomplish all the things He has called them to. This is impossible without having been saved. Think you are not equipped to do the work the King has called you to? Think again brothers and sisters, for He has given you all that you need. Every believer has been bestowed a primary, and a secondary gift of the Holy Spirit.
“But sister, what should I do if I don’t know what my gifts are? How do I discover this?”
It is undoubtable that some of you have this question lingering in your minds right now. Rest assured, you are not alone in having this question, and it is answerable. I struggled to answer this question myself for a number of years. While others can assist you in discovering the gifts that God has picked specially for you, the ultimate revelation of these gifts can only be granted by the giver Himself. The Holy Spirit will surely reveal to you the gifts that He has bestowed upon you for the glory of God. In the meantime, there are certain steps you should be taking: 1) Ask. Ask God to reveal to your heart the gifts that He has given you that you might serve His kingdom more faithfully. How precious it is for Him to hear us ask for something that will bring Him glory. You will not only bless the Father’s heart, but you will find your answer. 2) Read your Bible. Our knowledge of God and of His heart is increased almost solely by devoting time to the Scripture. It contains His truth, His heart. Who He is you will find hidden in every page. As we read His word and faithfully seek after Him, the Holy Spirit will reveal to us applications of this truth for our own life. You cannot understand or know the gift, without first falling head over heels in love with the giver. Perhaps this is why you have yet to determine your spiritual gifts. If this is true for you, do not let it discourage you. Rather let it encourage you to seek Him more. He has already forgiven your failings, and He promises you will find Him when you seek Him. 3) Be patient. As I mentioned earlier, the revelation of your spiritual gifts rarely comes overnight. It literally took me years, and this is not an uncommon story. God will surely reveal to you your special gifts, but often this understanding and realization comes only on the skirt tails of spiritual growth. Perhaps you are not yet ready to use your spiritual gifts to their full capacity and this is why He has not yet revealed them. I promise you if you spend time with Him and ask him to grow you, He will! He loves you, and desires to fulfill holy purposes in you that you! He knows more than we do, my dear, and He knows the perfect moment to reveal with absolute confidence the gifts that He has given you to serve His kingdom. Wait patiently on God.
God has granted me the gifts of exhortation of the saints, and mercy. I learned that the spiritual gift of mercy is not the same as forgiveness or mercy in the sense that we often think about it. The spiritual gift of mercy refers to a heart of compassion and pity for those who are hurting. A desire to alleviate suffering. A deep sense of empathy. When I realized this, I understood more than ever what I was made to do. I was made to be a little light. I was made to shine the light of Jesus into a world darkened by sin and death. I was made to reach out my hands and touch with the compassion of Jesus all those who are brokenhearted and afflicted. To lift up those who have become crushed under the weight of a heavy load. To reach out my hands and help to stand those who have been cast down. I was made to bring a smile to faces for the sake of Jesus Christ. This is my purpose, and I realize unlike ever before that it is one of greatness in the kingdom of God. Whatever your gifts are, your purpose is for greatness too. How do I know this? For our God is great. He is above all. No matter how insignificant your gift may seem…you may seem…you were destined for greatness. Realizing and embracing your spiritual gifts can help you to fulfill this beautiful purpose that God has called to you. I can’t wait to see what He does in each of you. If you would, reach out to me via twitter, or email, or through a blog comment and let me know what spiritual gifts God has given you! I would love to know.
With much love, and confidence that God will fulfill his purposes through this post,
Father, may this reach around the world as I have seen you do so many times. I am confident in your promise that your word will not return to you void. I have sent out your truth, and it will accomplish all of your purposes. Let nothing hinder your spirit, and may your Spirit and your power fall on every one who reads this. Amen