211 - Determining Your Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tool
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Tuesday, November 20 2012 00:00|
The first step to find your niche for effective service in the body of Christ is to understand your spiritual gifts. God has given every Christian at least one gift. "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7). It would be foolish to become a salesman if you prefer to work with numbers. In the same way we pursue vocational employment based on our aptitudes and abilities, we pursue spiritual service based on an understanding of how God has uniquely gifted us.
Spiritual gifts include service gifts, speaking gifts, and signifying gifts. While theologians and teachers often differ on how to precisely classify and name these gifts, the following generally captures the gist of the different gifts.*
1. Service Gifts
Service gifts are the ligaments and muscle tissue that hold the body of Christ together. Service gifts are often low profile, behind-the-scene gifts. They include showing mercy, service (or helps), hospitality, giving, administration, leadership, faith, and discernment.
People who serve are eager for God to receive the credit for whatever good comes. "If anyone serves he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 4:11, emphasis added). Here are brief definitions of the service gifts with a few examples of how each gift may be used.
2. Speaking Gifts
Speaking gifts include knowledge, wisdom, preaching, teaching, evangelism, apostleship, shepherding, and encouragement. "If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God" (1 Peter 4:11, emphasis added). Here are definitions and examples of the spiritual gifts of speaking:
People who have been given speaking gifts are able to help equip others to have a personal ministry of service. "It was He who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up" (Ephesians 4:11-12).
3. Signifying Gifts
The signifying gifts are miracles, healing, speaking in tongues, and the interpretation of tongues.