What’s your gifting?
Romans 12:6 (NLT) says:
In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.”
But how do you know what gifts you have? Use the Spiritual Gifts quiz here – provided by giftstest.com.
Use the quiz to find out what your gifting is – then let us know. Get in touch with us to tell us what your gifting is.
See you soon, Be Blessed.
We’re given gifts?
Who, among us, doesn’t like gifts? We love gifts, don’t we? Every birthday and every Christmas, we look forward to receiving gifts; and we also give gifts to each other, every birthday and every Christmas. We just love gifts.
As parents – we love to give gifts to our children, don’t we? It makes us feel good, and it makes those who receive the gifts feel good. I trust that all of us know what that feels like; and likewise, we all know what it feels like when we don’t receive gifts – particularly from our family and our closest relatives.
It doesn’t come as a surprise, then, to learn that our heavenly Father gives us gifts. In fact, He gives us everything! Everything comes from Him – the earth, in all its glory; the air that we breathe; the water we drink; the food we eat – everything we need for a full life comes from our heavenly Father.
For everything comes from Him and exists by His power and is intended for His glory. All glory to Him forever! Amen. Romans 11:36 (NLT)
Spiritual Gifts Test
Spiritual gifts are mentioned for the first time in Romans in the chapter that follows this (Romans 11:36), which is the last verse of chapter 11. But before it tells that God has given us gifts, the first few verses of chapter 12 talks about something important: holiness.
Don’t you love this subject? Be holy. (Imagine me groaning at this point – loudly!) Holiness – what a subject in itself! But it’s a reminder before we learn that we are given gifts – be holy – in fact, we are called to be a “living and holy sacrifice” to God:
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice – the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him.
Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.
Romans 12:1-5 (NLT)
You see, we are part of the body of Christ – we’re all a part, and we all have a part to play – we are the church, the body of Christ. We cannot function alone or in isolation – we need each other. Just as the body needs a foot and an eye and an ear, and a myriad other parts; we also need each other to perform different functions. We can’t simply do it alone – there’s too much to do for one person.
But, more importantly, whilst we cannot do it alone; equally, we cannot do it without God. He empowers us with His gifts – for His purpose and for His glory. Not for your glory – His. His gifts, your obedience, His glory.
“In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.”
Romans 12:6 (NLT)
Thank You, heavenly Father, for the gifts you have bestowed upon each and every one of us. I love reading this section of Romans, from verse 6 onwards, in the Message version of the Bible. This explains a little bit more about our gifts, and our responsibility!
Each of us finds our meaning and function as a part of his body. But as a chopped-off finger or cut-off toe we wouldn’t amount to much, would we? So since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvellously functioning parts in Christ’s body, let’s just go ahead and be what we were made to be, without enviously or pridefully comparing ourselves with each other, or trying to be something we aren’t. If you preach, just preach God’s Message, nothing else; if you help, just help, don’t take over; if you teach, stick to your teaching; if you give encouraging guidance, be careful that you don’t get bossy; if you’re put in charge, don’t manipulate; if you’re called to give aid to people in distress, keep your eyes open and be quick to respond; if you work with the disadvantaged, don’t let yourself get irritated with them or depressed by them. Keep a smile on your face.”
Romans 12:6-8 (MSG)
In fact, it’s worth reading the rest of the chapter from the Message version, but I will leave that for you to look up. In fact, in whatever version you prefer to read it, you will find great encouragement and wisdom from this chapter. And I love the ending:
Bless your enemies; no cursing under your breath. Laugh with your happy friends when they’re happy; share tears when they’re down. Get along with each other; don’t be stuck-up. Make friends with nobodies; don’t be the great somebody. Don’t hit back; discover beauty in everyone. If you’ve got it in you, get along with everybody. … Don’t let evil get the best of you; get the best of evil by doing good.”
Romans 12:6-8 (MSG)
Keep smiling, and “get the best of evil by doing good.” Amen to that!
What are the gifts and how do we get them?
These are the gifts described in the Bible (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology 1994, re-printed 2014):
- Kinds of healings
1 Corinthians 12:28
- Word of wisdom
- Word of knowledge
- Distinguishing between spirits
- Interpretation of tongues
1 Corinthians 12:8-10
- Pastor – teacher
1 Corinthians 7:7
These gifts can be divided into three types: ministry, manifestation and motivational gifts (https://www.christianity.com/ ).
The ministry gifts include:
These are often known as the 5-fold ministry gifts, and they are used to equip and to build up the church – that is, the body of people who are Christians – to do God’s work:
Now these are the gifts Christ gave to the church: the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, and the pastors and teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people to do his work and build up the church, the body of Christ.”
Ephesians 4:11-12 (NLT)
The manifestation gifts include:
- A message of wisdom
- A message of knowledge
- Gifts of healing
- Miraculous powers
- Distinguishing between spirits
- Speaking in different kinds of tongues
- The interpretation of tongues
They represent the supernatural demonstration of the Holy Spirit’s power through you. It’s interesting to read that God gives at least one of these gifts to each of us – which one do you recognise in yourself?
But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same Spirit, to another the working of miracles, to another prophesy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills.”
1 Corinthians 12:7-11 (NKJV)
The motivational gifts include:
- Helping others
- Showing Mercy
These gifts encourage us and motivate us to do something.
So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.”
Romans 12:6-8 (NLT)
So how, then, do we get these gifts?
We wait …!
Oh no! Not again? We have to wait? Ugh!
Well, you will have read in the previous booklet – Go! And Make Disciples – that you should wait until the Holy Spirit comes, before you can go out to make disciples. This is because you need the power and the strength and the authority of the Holy Spirit and God in your life to accomplish His will.
You see – you are already a Christian – you believe. And that’s the first step to receiving your gifts from God.
“As I began to speak,” Peter continued, “the Holy Spirit fell on them, just as he fell on us at the beginning. Then I thought of the Lord’s words when He said, ‘John baptised with water, but you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit.’
And since God gave these Gentiles the same gift He gave us when we believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to stand in God’s way?”
Acts 11:15-17 (NLT)
You must believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, then you will be baptised with the Holy Spirit. The early believers had to wait before the Holy Spirit came upon them, and I personally believe that we, as new believers, have to wait too. You may have seen many, many Christians profess their newly found faith today, to be back in their old ways next week and denying their faith. If the Holy Spirit came upon them as soon as they said they were Christians, then they would behave very differently from that moment on. If we are truly born again, there is some outward manifestation of that – we are different, and those who know us well will recognise that there is a difference. It might be subtle, but it’s there.
And it becomes more apparent over time – it’s a process of sanctification, as we become more Christ-like as we grow in our faith. And it takes time – it’s an on-going process from the time of our conversion to Christ, continuing by the power of God and the Holy Spirit until our final destination in heaven when Christ returns once again to earth.
Now may the God of peace Himself, sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lod Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23 (NLT)
And the Lord – who is the Spirit – makes us more and more like Him as we are changed into His glorious image.”
2 Corinthians 3:18 (NLT)
He will take our weak mortal bodies and change them into glorious bodies like His own, using the same power with which He will bring everything under His control.”
Philippians 3:21 (NLT)
So, when do we get the gifts, and what gifts do we get?
Well, God and the Holy Spirit decides. It’s not your choice, and it’s not your decision as to when you receive the gifts. You know, when you receive a gift from a loved one at Christmas or on your birthday? Do you know what it is? Well, maybe sometimes you do; but most of the time, you can never be 100% sure, and some of the time you won’t have a clue – until you open the wrapping!
But our bodies [the church, the body of Christ] have many parts, and God has put each part just where He wants it.”
1 Corinthians 12:18 (NLT) [text in brackets, mine]
It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.”
1 Corinthians 12:11 (NLT)
But you can ask. Yes, just the same as you can ask your loved ones for a particular gift, you can also ask your heavenly Father – in fact, the Bible tells us to “earnestly desire” and pray for certain gifts.
You should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.”
1 Corinthians 12:31 (NLT)
You should also desire the special abilities the Spirit gives – especially the ability to prophesy.”
1 Corinthians 14:1 (NLT)
Anyone who speaks in tongues should pray also for the ability to interpret what has been said.”
1 Corinthians 14:13 (NLT)
Use your gifts
Finally, we have a responsibility for the gifts we are given. Just imagine that your loved one has given you a brand-new gleaming motor car. You would look after it, wouldn’t you – and you would use it. You wouldn’t just park it in the garage, and never take it out or drive it, or use it to take your loved one out somewhere. Likewise, with God’s gifts – which are infinitely more valuable – don’t just park them in the garage of your life – use them!
Use them for God’s purpose – that’s why they have been given in the first place – and use them for God’s glory, not your own. After all, they are not yours, they are not self-made or brought about by any skill or learning of your own – they are a gift from God.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you … Continue in them, for in doing this you will save both yourself and those who hear you.”
1 Timothy 4:14,16 (NKJV)
As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV)
Do not neglect the gift – use the gift – you will save both yourself and those who hear you! Use your gift – your eternal salvation depends on it!
Read the booklet below to read more about each of the gifts in turn, and then …
The Unmentioned Gift!
See you soon, Be Blessed.
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Module 5 Questions
- How many gifts are there?
- What are the 5-fold ministry gifts and which are missing in your church?
- What are your gifts, according to the Spiritual Gifts quiz?
- How are you using your gits to advance God’s Kingdom?
- If you don’t feel that you have the opportunity to use your gifts, what needs to happen so that would change?
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank You, see you soon, God Bless.
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