We have established that we first need to use the natural gifts that God has given to us first. We have “God given” abilities that we have had since an early age. Learning to use these gifts and turn them from self-serving, to serving God is critical, in our walk with Jesus.
God is our heavenly father and is the giver of good gifts (James 1:7). He longs to give his children gifts that will bring glory to him and his Church. Now concerning gifts given by our heavenly father:
1 Corinthians 12: 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 8 To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
Things to keep in mind pertaining to spiritual gifts:
They are given by Spirit
They are to work for the same Spirit
They are given by the Spirit: God gives the gift. It scares me to hear stories of people and church’s that “teach” a spiritual gift. Now, I’m not against mentoring and helping those hone and use their gifts, but I think it’s wrong and unbiblical to think that we as humans, can “teach” any spiritual gift.
A gift cannot be bought or attained by human ways. It can ONLY be given by the Spirit and he gives as HE determines. Should we pray for them, Yes. Should we use and hone the gifts we already have, Yes. But, we must be careful not to portray or value one gift over another. All the gifts are to work for the same Spirit.
They are to work for the same Spirit: Spiritual gifts must never be used for any other reason than to bring Glory to God and his Church. If you use a gift to gain prestige, money, manipulation, or for purposes outside bringing glory to God, then it is wrong and sinful. I think the scriptures are very clear that if any gift causes people to look at you, which means to edify yourself, then it is wrong. Every gift should be used to Edify the Church.
In 1 Corinthians 14, we see God put perimeters around certain gifts. Especially those of speaking in tongues and prophecy. Regardless of how you feel about these gifts, it’s very clear that God says 2 things about not only these gifts, but all gifts:
They are to Edify the Church
They should be done in an orderly way
I Corinthians 14:39-40 39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.
1 Corinthians 14 gives the “order” on how to use them. But we must remember that even these gifts should bring Glory to God and UNIFY the Church and not bring division or chaos on the Church. Please refer to 1 Corinthians chapter 12-14
How do I know what my gifts are?
There is NO sure fire way to identify spiritual gifts, except possibly through affirmation by spiritually mature people. But throughout the years, the body of Christ has developed “tests” that you can take to help you identify what gifts God has given you. Here are a couple of links to tests that you can take:
Caution, please surround yourself with people who have been on this journey for a while. Spiritually mature Christians that can affirm and direct you and your new found relationship with Christ and the gifts that he gives us. Let the Spirit lead you and guide you and always remember the word of God and the directions that God gives us about the use of Spiritual Gifts.
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