6 In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. 7 If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 8 If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
1 Corinthians 12:7-12 NLT
7 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8 To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice[a]; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge.[b] 9 The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10 He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages,[c] while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11 It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.
Let’s take a look at the gifts of the spirit in the scriptures we just read.
We sometimes think of ‘prophesying’ as predicting the future, but all of the time it’s about speaking God’s will and encouragement or discouragement into a situation. Other people have the gift to minister to others. Some people have the gift of teaching.
Other people have the gift of encouraging, of lifting others up. Some are motivated to be givers – they are very good at giving time, resources or money to those in need. Some people, when we see them we say, “They are a natural born leader!"
And other people are gifted in compassion and mercy. They are the ones who will care for the sick or in need. Each one of us has one or two, or maybe even three of those gifts.
You might think, “Well, you don’t know me. I don’t have any real gifts.” Let me assure you, God has gifted you.
How can you discover your Spiritual Gift?
1.Study what the Bible says about gifts
2. Ask God to show you your gifts
3. Examine what you enjoy and do well
4. Take a Spiritual gift test
5. Do what the Holy Spirit leads you to do
It’s His role, His desire, to gift each one of us. It’s our job to discover our gifts, nurture them, grow them, and use them to bless others.
During your quiet time ask God to reveal to you the best way to use your spiritual gifts to help others and to show you some specific ways you can use your spiritual gifts in our church or in your personal ministry.