“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Pet. 4:10)
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” (1 Corinthians 12:4-5)
It’s true that the subject of spiritual gifts is a popular topic among hardcore Christians. It’s also true that many people like to search to find their real strengths, and like knowing that God has gifted them with something. But why it is important for Christians to know our gifts is so that we can develop and use them to the best of our abilities.
This is why I decided to do a series on Spiritual gifts. So stay tuned!
Romans 12 recognizes seven unique gifts: exhortation, giving, leadership, mercy, prophecy, service, and teaching.
1 Corinthians 12 recognizes eleven unique gifts: administration, apostle, discernment, faith, healing, helps, knowledge, miracles, tongues, tongues interpretation, and wisdom.
Ephesians 4 recognizes two unique gifts: evangelism and being a pastor.
Then there are several different passages that recognize five unique gifts: celibacy, hospitality, martyrdom, missionary, and voluntary poverty.
I’ve decided to put these gifts into 3 categories. And here they are:
Extraordinary: prophecy, healing, miracles, tongues, interpretation of tongues, martyrdom, missionary, voluntary poverty.
Representative: teaching, leadership, administration, apostle, evangelism, pastor, knowledge, wisdom.
Background: exhortation, service, discernment, helps, celibacy, hospitality, faith, giving, mercy.
So, this is what I’ll be doing for a while now. I plan on being able to answer a few questions, including:
- What is x gift?
- How do I know which gift I have?
- How can I use my gift(s)?
- How do I know what spiritual gift(s) I have?
Thanks: God be with you!
–The Jesus Freak Girl