The work of the Holy Spirit is an awesome mystery for us. Because of the way these spiritual gifts are given to us and manifested in individuals, it is better to provide a description rather than a narrow, one-size-fits-all definition. Like the spiritual gifts assessment, these descriptions are not definitive but paint a beautiful tapestry of the Holy Spirit at work in God’s people.


The spiritual gift that moves the receiver to reach nonbelievers in such a way that they become active disciples in the Christian community.

People with this gift are usually: sincere, candid, respected, influential, spiritual, confident, commitment-oriented.

Cautions for people with this gift: remembering that the Holy Spirit, not guilt, is the motivator in a person’s decision for Christ; needing to listen carefully, because the same approach is not appropriate for everyone.

Biblical references: Matthew 28:16–20, Ephesians 4:11–16, 2 Timothy 4:1–5

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


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