What Are Spiritual Gifts (What you may not get from a Spiritual Gifts Survey)

According to many nationwide surveys most of us do not know what our spiritual gifts are. It was the same way in the New Testament Church. Paul wanted to correct that. We see this in I Corinthians 12:1-7 where Paul writes: Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant… There are different kinds of gifts but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of workings, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now each of the manifestations of the Spirit is given for the common good. Paul says that He doesn’t want us to be ignorant about spiritual gifts so he uses three descriptive words that when put together help us better understand what a spiritual gift is. First Paul wrote, ”There are different kinds of gifts”. The word “gifts” implies that what God is giving us is given to us freely, just like a Birthday or Christmas gift. Today many refer to someone who is “gifted” as having a “natural born” talent. They are implying that it was a talent that was given to them, not one that they acquired by their own ability. The second phrase that Paul used as a clarifier was “There are different kinds of service”. The word “service” implies that the gifts or those abilities or passions that were freely given to us by God, are to be used as a form of serving God. The word service is the same word that is used for ministry. Paul is implying that God has given you and I spiritual gifts that equip us for ministry.The final phrase that Paul uses is “There are different kinds of workings.” The word “workings”  is an exciting word. It is only used twice in the Bible, both times in this chapter. This word means the “effect or result” of the energy or the power of God. When we put all three phrases together we see that a spiritual gift is:  An ability or prompting of the Holy Spirit, given to us freely, and is energized and empowered by God for His service.

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One thought on “What Are Spiritual Gifts (What you may not get from a Spiritual Gifts Survey)”

  1. Thank you so much for your words, they are
    an encouragement.
    We are working on a spiritual gifts study
    for the women of our church. Some hesitantcy,
    as if – “If I know, I must act”.
    If I may, I will quote your last sentence…
    clearly pointing out WHO is responsible for
    the actions!
    Thank you!

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