Spiritual Gifts – What’s The Point?

God has given gifts to each of you from His great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. . . Then God will be given glory in every-thing through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 4:10-11)

I was made by God for something specific, not everything in general. Like a key in a lock, one set of activities, purposes, and needs is the best “fit” for me. God has equipped me for that life so well that, if I don’t find it, no one else can fit into it quite as well as I would have. This is the personal, critical message for discovering my spiritual gifts.

Since the presence of the Holy Spirit in a life is the source of spiritual gifts used to bless others and glorify God, how do these spiritual gifts differ from natural abilities in us and non-Christians? Anyone may use their talents for selfish purposes. God may well improve our natural (or hidden) talents into spiritual gifts when we choose to follow Him. We could also receive a new gift we never dreamed we had. What matters is we put at God’s disposal what we have been given, and developed, to serve unselfishly, and in doing that we receive more joy from God’s presence within us than we could have without His provision for us.

What might be more important than discovering the gifts you have? Discovering the gifts you don’t have! If you are working more at a church task and enjoying it less, you will have cause to celebrate putting that work aside (for someone who has that gift), and switching to one that will be new and joyful for you. And not to worry about trying on a new, unfamiliar set of gifts, as God always uses imperfect people best and wisely as they grow toward perfection (think Moses, Jonah, Peter).

Do you remember that story about separating the sheep from the goats, where those who served in righteousness receive the eternal kingdom, and those who didn’t, . . .well, don’t (Matthew 25:32-46)? Good point. No sense waiting any longer to join a small group for spiritual gifts discovery and development. Call the church office, or go to The Connection Point Sign-up Center in the Sanford Davis Room.