What is a Spiritual Gift?
An unmerited, unearned, intrinsic talent or ability given by God for the purpose of building His church.
For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
If a person’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith.
Hebrew (nābā), Greek verb (prophēteuō): Simply means “to speak forth, to proclaim.”
If a person’s gift is serving, let him serve.
Gk: diakonos: “to serve or to attend to.” (Helps)
People with this gift are amazing, but often underappreciated!
a. Whatever needs to be done, they do it.
b. These are people who tire of talking about what needs to be done—they just jump in and do it!
c. They tend to dislike committees.
If a person’s gift is teaching, let that person teach.
Gk. didasko: instruction:
Teaching is the ability to clarify, systemize, and explain God's truth in a way that makes sense to others and promotes life change.
If a person’s gift is encouraging, let him encourage.
Gk: Parakaleo / Parakletos: Come alongside of.
A person with the gift of “encouragement” comes alongside of others and counsels with words of comfort and inspiration and reassurance.
If a person’s gift is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously.
These are people who have been given the gift of earning for the purpose of dispensing.
If a person’s gift is leadership, let him govern diligently.
“To stand before,” or “A person who steers the ship.”
If it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Gk. Eleos: an outward manifestation of pity.
Encouragement is primarily words. Mercy is primarily deeds.
“To plead on behalf of someone, to intercede.”
The gift of intercession is the ability to pray specifically on behalf of others, seeing frequent and specific results.
So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
What are you doing with your life?
Spiritual Gifts Test