Have you ever seen someone pass up a ministry opportunity by saying, "Oh ... that's not my spiritual gift"?
That reveals a very sad deception about why God gave us spiritual gifts and how He wants us to be open to letting Him use us.
God gave us spiritual gifts because He wants to use us to encourage others and build his Kingdom.
Paul made that clear in Romans 1:11-12: For I long to visit you so I can bring you some spiritual gift that will help you grow strong in the Lord. When we get together, I want to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours.
To clarify, Paul was not implying he could bestow spiritual gifts on others. He was simply saying he longed to be with them in person so God could use him to encourage them and help them grow in their faith.
The modern church gets way too hung up on identifying spiritual gifts. Do you think God is limited by and can only use the spiritual gift He gave you when you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Of course not!
But ... many churches imply that God can't use you in ministry in ways that fall outside of your spiritual gifting. That shows a huge lack of understanding of God's power and our purpose.
Instead of identifying our gifts, I think it makes more sense to ask God what He is doing in a situation and then ask Him to use you as He sees fit. God is not limited by your gifting. You know how when you need a screwdriver but can't find one, you are willing to use a butter knife instead? God is always willing to use us as perfect tools in his hands to fulfill a need He wants to meet. It doesn't matter what our gifting is. When we submit to God and make ourselves available to Him, we may find many different spiritual gifts being bestowed on us.
The key to letting God use you in ways you don't think you're gifted in is to simply let Him know you are available, seek his guidance in every situation, and be obedient to do what He asks you to do. It's just that simple.
In 1 Corinthians 12:31a, Paul encouraged believers to seek spiritual gifts by saying; "So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts." The Greek word for "desire" means "to zealously pursue." Paul is giving us permission to not only use more than one spiritual gift, but to earnestly ask God to help us grow so He can let more than one spiritual gift be available to us.
Isn't that beautiful?
Please reply to this article and let me know what spiritual gifts you would like to zealously pursue and ask God to provide. I will pray for you!!
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or prayer requests. I am here for you.
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