Spiritual Gifts Assessment: Crumbs for A Well-Oiled Machine: #4 in series
Note: If you missed the post preceding this one, you can find A Well-Oiled Machine in the Food for Thought Category of this blog: devosanddumplings.wordpress.com
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. A Spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other . . . It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.” I Corinthians 12:4-7&11
In my last post (A Well-Oiled Machine) I introduced the subject of discovering and applying our motivational spiritual gifts found in Romans 12:4-5 as taught by Dr. Charles Stanley in his Ministering Through Spiritual Gifts study guide.
First, I’ll share a scenario with you. And then I’ll give a short explanation of what each gift means. And if you’re interested, I’ll ask you some questions that might help you see where you fit best.
Imagine yourself in the following scenario: You’re working on a special project with a group of ladies (or men, if you’re a man) from your church. Which one of the following responsibilities appeals to you the most? Which one do you think “fits” you best?
- organizing the details, perhaps leading the project
- making sure the facilities are sufficient and everyone has what they need
- giving financially to help meet the needs of the project
- keeping the group true it its purpose and preserving the integrity of the project
- sharing a devotion with a focused emphasis on meaning of Biblical references
- observing and meeting the emotional and physical needs of the ones in the group who may be struggling
- promoting good will in the group and helping everyone to feel accepted and important
The Gift of Prophecy – one who is especially concerned about speaking the truth concerning God’s principles. Question: “Do you have a clear-cut understanding of what God considers to be right and wrong?”
The Gift of Service – one who is alert to practical needs and has a desire to meet them. Question: “Are you concerned with the practical, tangible work associated with a project?”
The Gift of Teaching – one who is concerned with accuracy when the Word of God is taught or interpreted. Question: “Are you concerned that the truth be passed on to the next generation or to those who currently are lacking in understanding and wisdom?”
The Gift of Exhortation – one who desires to help others grow in their faith by discovering their spiritual potential. Question: “Do you care deeply when someone is about to make a mistake and you desire to help them protect their relationship with God?”
The Gift of Giving – one who is has the ability to see financial and material needs and moves forward in meeting the needs Question: Are you quick to respond to a need by asking, “What can I do? How can I help meet this need?”
The Gift of Organization – one who is given a degree of insight into what God is doing and has an ability to visualize the final result God desires. Question: “Are you uncomfortable in a leaderless group and do you tend to feel restless or frustrated if things seem to be disorderly?”
The Gift of Mercy – one who is concerned with finding ways to care for the needy and to show kindness to others. Question: “Do you desire for people to love one another more deeply? Do you have a desire to meet the needs of others less fortunate than you?”
“ . . . speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head that is Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:15-16
“The giving of the Holy Spirit to individual believers is the pinnacle of God’s individual work through Jesus Christ.”
Leon L. Combs