Pastor's Reflection based on 2-21-21 service
Every believer in Jesus Christ has been given a
spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:7). That means God
has given us a gift to use to build up the body of
Christ for the glory of God through Jesus Christ.
Even more specifically, this means we have a
special purpose and role within the body of Christ
that He wants us to fulfill. Some gifts are quite
visible and some are behind the scenes but all are
necessary so that the body of Christ is healthy. We
must be careful not to believe the lies that we
don’t have a gift or that whatever gifts we have
may not be important (1 Cor. 12:14-17). The truth is,
God very intentionally gave us these gifts with us
in mind because God has arranged the members
of the body exactly where He wants them (1 Cor.
12:18). It is important for us to use our gifts not
only for the health of the church but also so that
we are healthy and are engaged in God’s purposes
Here is a list of the passages that spiritual gifts are
mentioned in the New Testament
- 1 Cor. 12:8-10, 27-30
- Romans 12:6-8
- 1 Peter 4:10-11
- Ephesians 4:11-12
Note that not each list is exactly the same. This is
to show that different gifts are given to different
churches because the different churches have
needs that are unique within their own context.
Also, here are some ways to help discover your
* Start serving: getting involved in the life
of the church will start to show you your gifts and
areas that fit well with how God has gifted you.
* Feedback and conversations with others
can give you helpful information as you seek to
discern your gifts.
* Gift Tests: are helpful but be careful to
not simply sway the test to how you want it to turn
* There is joy and a life-giving power as
well effectiveness as we use our gifts. If you
constantly feel drained in the areas you are
serving, this might be a sign that you are outside
of your gifting.
Note: we all need to serve outside of our gifts at
some point but it shouldn’t be the majority of the
Remember these are to be used within the
community and journeying together in community
helps us to discover our gifts and give us the
opportunity to use them. And friends, that’s the
most important thing: be sure to use your spiritual
gifts for the glory of God in Christ!
Blessings as you use your gifts!