God has blessed all of us with many gifts and talents.
Some of us are skilled as a cook, scientist, athlete or a gardener. God calls us to use all of our talents to serve God and others. But the Holy Spirit has also blessed us with spiritual gifts that are meant to be shared with others to bring maturity and unity in faith. As Christians, each one of us is a part of the body of Christ, and we have an important role to play in keeping the body healthy.
Like other presents, it is impossible to fully appreciate and make use of our spiritual gifts until they have been opened. This tool will help you begin to open your spiritual gifts by guiding you through the following activities:
- Explore scripture references that describe the spiritual gifts
- Take a 66-question self-assessment to help you identify which gifts you have received in greatest measure
- Read descriptions, general characteristics, and cautions about your gifts
- Learn about possible uses of your gifts through service opportunities at Nativity and elsewhere.
The Apostle Paul addresses spiritual gifts in: Romans 12, I Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4. Peter advises Christians about them in I Peter 4. Through these and other sections of scripture, we learn that all Christians have been given at least one spiritual gift. The purpose of spiritual gifts is twofold: (1) to encourage one another in our relationship with God and (2) to make God’s love manifest in the world.
These gifts are to be used in service to God and one another. Generally speaking, we do not choose which gifts we will receive. God gives spiritual gifts to us through the work of the Holy Spirit. Not all of the gifts identified in scripture are included in this inventory.
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Adapted from Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts and used here with permission. Copyright © 2011 Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Written by Valora K Starr. www.womenoftheelca.org/filebin/pdf/resources/SpiritualGifts.pdf