Christmas is coming upon us in a few months and people are already talking about presents and the Christmas season. But these are not the gifts I am talking about. I’m talking about the spiritual service gifts that God has given to us to bring glory to Him and His kingdom. He gave us certain gifts to use so that we may serve the church and those around us so that He may be glorified.
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. Romans 12:3-8
There are many gifts God has given to each of His children. They could be:
Evangelism- As an evangelist you have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by leading people who are beyond your natural sphere of influence to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. You are sometimes classified as the aggressive soulwinner who seeks the lost.
Prophecy-As a prophet you have an ability to see that which is wrong. In fact, you tend to easily spot what is wrong and have to look to find something right. You probably spend much time praying and even weeping over the sins of the church and for lost sinners. You have a great burden over the sinful condition of the world around you.
Teaching-As a teacher you are one who communicates knowledge, guides, makes known or relays facts. You are likely more in-depth than the average Sunday school teacher. You have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by making clear the truth of God’s Word with accuracy.
Exhortation-As an exhorter you are a very practical person, a good counselor, tolerant of others, serious-minded, orderly, and usually impulsive. You are expressive in a group setting; the group listens when you speak. You are comfortable working one-on-one or in groups. You are enthusiastic and talkative and enjoy encouraging others.
Pastor/Shepard-As a gifted shepherd, you have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by overseeing, training, and caring for the needs of a group of Christians.
Showing Mercy- As a mercy-shower you have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by identifying with and comforting those who are in distress. You understand and comfort your fellow Christian. You enter into the grief or happiness of others and have the ability to show empathy which is to feel WITH others, not just for others.
Serving- As a server you have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by rendering practical help in both physical and spiritual matters. You enjoy meeting the practical needs of your fellow Christians and the church.
Giving-As a giver you have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by giving of your material resources, far beyond the tithe, to further the work of God. You have a strong desire to meet the financial needs of your fellow Christians and church members.
Administration- As an administrator you have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by organizing, administering, promoting, and leading the various affairs of the church. The administrator is not a glorified file clerk. You are a take-charge person who jumps in and starts giving orders when no one is in charge.
A few weeks ago I found a questionnaire that could help you figure out what your gifts are and how you can use them to serve the church and those around you in a spiritual capacity.
There are 108 questions. 1-27 on the first page, 28-54 on the second page and 55-81 on the third page and 82-108 on the last page. When you are finished with the questions it will bring you to a page to fill out some easy final questions and then onto the results page where it will tell you what gifts you have.
Take the QUESTIONNAIRE HERE and find out your gifts.
On the results page it will show you how to apply each gift to your area of service. Then maybe you can take the results to your pastor or elder and find out a way that you can serve the church.
What were your results? Did it surprise you?