Romans 12:6-8 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
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1 Corinthians 12:4-11 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit.
During our recent retreat, I was surprised by the many women who when we began talking about spiritual gifts very seriously stated, “I don’t have any gifts.” It was sad, really, but honestly, I know I felt the same way about it not too long ago. I mean, I can’t sing. I can’t dance. I can’t play a music instrument very well. I am the farthest from creative you could ever possibly imagine. All the things that seemed to stand out to me as a gift eluded me. It wasn’t until I realized the true expanse of what all can be considered a gift and that yes, I did have one (or two), that I realized I have something to share. When I took the Spiritual Gifts assessment, I scored highest on faith, and that made sense to me. I have loads of faith. What else am I good at? Talking! I love to talk…Ha! But it’s true. And what better gift to go along with faith could there be? Once I realized that I could serve God by talking about my love for Him and my faith in Him with other women, then I knew I had a gift.
Not everyone has come to that point yet, though. That was made so obvious when I heard people voice their concerns that they had no spiritual gifts. I got a little teary when they finished the assessment, circled their top three, and started nodding heads in agreement with what they saw. Ladies, that’s what we pray for with Loving Christ Ministries…that each and every woman understands her true potential, how much she is loved, and what she has to offer.
This assessment, which only takes maybe half an hour to complete, makes a difference and can help put a name to what your gifts are. This is not our original creation. I received the assessment from my kids’ youth director who does it with the confirmands (7th graders) each year. It is marked in the footer that it originally comes from the St. Charles, MO First United Methodist Church. I want to give credit where it’s due!
My sister put together a list of descriptions of each listed gift which we felt helped explain things a little further. I collected scriptures about our gifts, some of which I’ve included at the top of this post and some at the bottom. However, I’m linking to them here in PDF form, too, so that you can have them all together. We ALL have a gift to share. What’s yours? Find it. Use it. Praise Him!
Click on the links within the post or here to find your assessment, descriptions, and scriptures:
Love in Him,
1 Peter 4:10-11 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Romans 12:4-5 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.
List at least 2 gifts you have to offer? Don’t say you don’t have any! We all do!