Spiritual Gifts 4

“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 ESV

          Are all gifts spiritual gifts? There are certain gifts individuals have which fit a traditional model of ministry, but what about gifts or talents which do not? Often artists or professionals do not categorized their abilities as spiritual gifts, but should they? What do we do if the abilities which currently define us hold little resemblance to the list of gifts mentioned in the New Testament?

          This brings us to the question, what is a spiritual gift? There appear to be categories of spiritual gifts, yet even these overlap at times and are difficult to narrowly define. There are those talents which we seem to be born with, and others that are perfected over a lifetime. There are some gifts which we discover late in life and probably others we never discover at all. In the book of Acts we see an outpouring of the Holy Spirit which appears to empower supernatural gifts altogether separate from natural or cultivated abilities. 

          So, are some or all of the above kinds of gifts "spiritual gifts," and when do we receive such gifts? There are many debated questions surrounding the topic of spiritual gifts that may be worth considering. Of greatest importance is what we choose to do with our God given abilities. Whether natural, cultivated, or supernatural, every gift is from above and will bring us joy as we serve alongside our Savior.

          Instead of passively waiting for God to reveal your gifts and calling, why not employ your current abilities in your present context for God's glory? In doing this you may find that you are exactly where God wants you with the necessary tools to be an effective witness. 

          God does not send pastors or evangelists to most people. God desires to send those individuals who are are already situated to be an influence for good and a source of light. Whether at home or in an office, let God use you to be that person. 

Still Seeking His Face,

Pastor Andrew

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