You are very much loved by God.
In fact He has given you a very special gift, a spiritual gift. Everyone who has placed their trust in Christ as their savior has received a gift from the Holy Spirit.
No, it isn’t singing or working with kids or baking. Those are talents and abilities, but they’re not spiritual gifts.
Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 lists these spiritual gifts:
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If you are a believer, you have at least one of them. Surprised?
Look at what is written in 1 Corinthians 12:7.
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.”
A spiritual gift is given to each of us. You’re a believer? You have been given a spiritual gift.
“Not me.” Yes, you.
Look at the list. Some sound overwhelming, like prophecy, miracles, speaking in tongues, and healing. Some sound like they are sure reserved only for the paid clergy like apostleship, knowledge, or evangelism.
Guess what? The Bible doesn’t limit any of the gifts to the paid clergy or the elders or any other follower of Christ. God could choose to give a regular guy like me the gift of healing. He might choose to give a regular gal like you the gift of evangelism.
If we don’t know what our spiritual gift is we need to find out. Why? We have them “…so we can help each other.”
Our spiritual gift is the foundation from which all acts of service should be based. Otherwise we may not be serving each other as God has intended.
I would encourage you to find out what spiritual gift God has given you. The combination of His gift, our talents, our abilities and our life experiences will lead us to that ministry that He has created us for.
And remember. This is not a contest. No gift is any more important than any other. We’re all in this together to serve those inside and outside the body of Christ. God decides who gets what gift, and He doesn’t make mistakes.
Find your gift and use your gift. It’s yours for the giving.
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