God has a purpose, plan, and assignment for every Christian. The work of the ministry of the church is to be done by the entire Body of Christ and God designed it to be that way. Many Christians want to find their place in the Body and do God’s will or purpose, but don’t know how they find their place or God’s will. One powerful way to find our place is in identifying the spiritual gifts God has given you. Spiritual gifts are powerful, enabling gifts that allow Believers to function in the work of the ministry.
All members have gifts.
All members have a place.
All members have a function.
Aside from God’s Word, His Spirit leading, if we know what gifts He has given us it is a powerful indicator of what He expects of us. God’s grace gifting enables us to do what we are called and required to do. Sometimes Believers seek to know God’s will/plan without thinking His will is written in our very beings. We can perceive His will when we discern our gifts.
What are spiritual gifts? Here are some foundations to understand:
A. SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE DIVINE GIFTS OF GRACE THAT GIVE US SPECIAL ABILITY FOR SERVICE TO THE BODY OF CHRIST AND MINISTRY TO THE WORLD Romans 12:6.
- There is grace we share in common with all members of the Body but there is uncommon grace or grace that makes us different from one another.
- They are functional gifts (gifts for enabling us to function) and foundational tendencies or burdens of the grace that moves through us to meet needs. These gifts motivate us in different ways when we see needs and move us differently in serving those needs.
B. SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE NOT THE SAME AS TALENTS.
- Talents come from natural birth; gifts come from spiritual birth.
- Spiritual gifts are not souped up talents or anointing on our talents. Talents can be dedicated to work for God, of course, but gifts are not natural talents.
C. SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE NOT THE SAME AS CHARACTER OR FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT.
- Gifts are given according to grace not character, maturity, or fruit Galatians 5:22, 23.
- Gifts are self-manifesting and outward manifesting whether a person is mature or not. You know them by seeing them. There is no question, no pretending, and they become obvious as people function.
D. SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE RECEIVED WHEN WE RECEIVE GRACE Romans 12:6; 1 Peter 4:10.
Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
- Our gifting determines our place in the Body of Christ so to be without a gift is to be without a place.
- Gifts – charismata – grace gifts or gifts of grace that come with the package of salvation.
- Each one of us is given a measure of Jesus’ gifts of grace.
Ephesians 4:7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
E. SPIRITUAL GIFTS ARE A STEWARDSHIP THAT WE WILL GIVE ACCOUNT FOR 1 Corinthians 4:2.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.
- Gifts aren’t given for us, or to merely make us feel better about ourselves but for ministering to others. Gifts exist to meet needs.
- They are given to us to be a faithful and good steward over1 Peter 4:10. Anything we’ve been given a responsibility over comes with accountability. At the Judgment Seat of Christ we’ll be asked, “What did you do with what I gave you.”
The Bible doesn’t say seek to discover your spiritual gifts but serve one another and in the process of serving gifts will be self manifesting. The Bible just makes us aware that we have gifts of grace and those gifts differ or they are what make us different from one another.