|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Monday, September 12 2011 00:00|
58. Spiritual Gifts
It would be foolish to try to become a lawyer if you prefer to work with numbers. In the same way we pursue vocational employment based upon our aptitudes and abilities, we pursue our spiritual service based on an understanding of how God has gifted us.
Every believer receives at least one spiritual gift. "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good" (1 Corinthians 12:7). The Holy Spirit determines our spiritual gifts. "Each man has his own gift from God . . . he gives them to each one, just as he determines" (1 Corinthians 7:7; 12:11).
The purpose of our spiritual gifts is to serve Christ by serving others, helping to fulfill the Great Commission. "Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" (1 Peter 4:10).
While theologians and teachers often differ on how to precisely classify and name spiritual gifts, the following generally captures the gist of the different gifts:
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