~Authenticity with God~
“…But each of you has your own gift from God.” 1 Corinthians 7:7b
If I had to choose an area of my relationship with God that really helped me see myself, set me apart to who God created me to be and helped me experience God at a deeper level, it would be knowing my spiritual gifts.
Once I understood and identified the gifts that God specifically gave to me, it gave clarity and helped me to see the vision God had for my life.
He gave me purpose.
God gave me a unique cocktail of gifts specifically for me to fulfill the dreams and plans He laid on my life.
Man, did this make me feel special.
God designed a plan for me- just for me. I am the only one who can carry out this plan.
The same is for you- God designed you a plan and designed your giftings, abilities and capabilities to carry out a unique plan that no one else can carry out but you.
God designs custom plans.
It is not a one shoe fits all, but specifically to each and every one of us.
I think it is important for us to know what God has instilled in us, our gifts and how we are to carry them out.
I think Spiritual Gifts are important not only for us to have a deeper appreciation for God and what He wants to do in our lives, but it is also important to give us purpose in carrying out these gifts as a part of our mission to help others.
We are created to be in relationship with others, God created us to be in community and to encourage and lift each other up. Our gifts help us do that.
“When you know and understand the gifts that God has given you, you will discover a renewed sense of purpose and excitement as you partner with Him and bless others.” C. Peter Wagner
The Bible speaks about Spiritual Gifts at length and here is a few little snippets of wisdom around gifts:
- “Do not neglect your gift.” 1 Timothy 4:14a
- “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:6-8
- “There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.” 1 Corinthians 12:6
- “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” 1 Corinthians 12:27
- “Follow the way of love and eagerly desire gifts of the Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 14:1
Are you curious to know how many and what the Spiritual Gifts are? According to C. Peter Wagner’s “Finding your Spiritual Gifts” survey these are the Spiritual Gifts (with Scriptural references if you would like to look them up):
Prophecy- Luke 7:26, Acts 15:32, Acts 21:9-11
Pastor- John 10:1-18, Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Timothy 3:1-7
Teaching- Acts 18:24-28, Acts 20:21-21, Romans 12:7
Wisdom- Acts 6:3,10 1 Corinthians 2:1-13, James 1:5-6
Knowledge- Acts 5:1-11, 1 Corinthians 2:14, 1 Corinthians 12:8
Exhortation- Acts 14:22, Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 4:13
Discerning of Spirits- Matthew 16:21-23, Acts 5:1-11, Acts 16:16-18
Giving- Mark 12:41-44, Romans 12:8, 2 Corinthians 8:1-7
Helps- Mark 15:40-41, Luke 8:2-3, Acts 9:36
Mercy- Matthew 20:29-34, Matthew 25:34-40, Mark 9:41
Missionary- Acts 8:4, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 22:21
Evangelist- Acts 8:5-6, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 14:21
Hospitality- Acts 16:14-15, Romans 12:9-13, Romans 16:23
Faith- Acts 11:22-24, Acts 27:21-25, Romans 4:18-21
Leadership- Luke 9:51, Acts 7:10, Acts 15:7-11
Administration- Luke 14:28-30, Acts 6:1-7 Acts 27:11
Miracles- Acts 9:36-42, Acts 19:11-20, Acts 20:7-12
Healing- Acts 3:1-10, Acts 5:12-16, Acts 9:32-35
Tongues- Mark 16-17, Acts 2:1-13, Acts 10:44-46
Interpretation of Tongues- 1 Corinthians 12:10,30 1 Corinthians 14:13, 1 Corinthians 14:26-28
Voluntary Poverty- Acts 2:44-45, Acts 4:34-37, 1 Corinthians 13:1-3
Celibacy- Matthew 19:20-12, 1 Corinthians 7:7-8
Intercession- Luke 22:41-44, Acts 12:12, Colossians 1:9-12
Deliverance- Matthew 12:22-32, Luke 10:12-20, Acts 8:5-8
Service- Acts 6:1-7, Romans 12:7, Galatians 6:2, 10
Apostle- Luke 6:12-13, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 2:20
Leading Worship- 1 Samuel 16:23, 1 Chronicles 9:33, 2 Chronicles 5:12-14
Are you interested in knowing what your gifts are?
I recommend picking up this spiritual gift survey by C. Peter Wagner entitled “Finding your Spiritual Gifts”
At Chapters $6.16 CDN: https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/finding-your-spiritual-gifts-questionnaire/9780800798345-item.html?ikwid=C.+Peter+Wagner&ikwsec=Home&ikwidx=5#algoliaQueryId=a19269aec0172936646d0f017ef7b0d4
There are ones you can find online for free, but I recommend this one as it is fully researched and compiled in a way that I trust.
Knowing your Spiritual Gifts helps you live out the plans God has for you- and helps you to understand the unique calling on your life that He has designed just for you.
Discover yours and see how much closer to God you feel and how your relationship with him will feel more authentic for you.