God has seen it fit to bless all believers with spiritual gifts. Unfortunately, many persons don’t know their spiritual gift and so it never gets used. I’ve always thought that every church should have some way of helping believers know and use their spiritual gifts. After all, they are for serving each other.
Spiritual gifts should not be confused with natural talents, ” There is a distinction, though, between spiritual gifts and natural talents, although both are to be used for God’s glory. While most people are born with certain abilities, only believers receive spiritual gifts. For example, a woman might be a naturally talented storyteller, but that’s not a spiritual gift; however, God may give her the gift of teaching, allowing her to use her ability to bring His Word to life for others” (Lifeway.com)
Here is some of what the Bible says about spiritual gifts.
All believers have at least one spiritual gift
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good (1 Corinthians 12:7)
We must use them in assistance of each other
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.(1 Peter 4: 10-11)
Gifts differ but they are given by the same Holy Spirit
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. (1 Cor. 12: 4-11)
We should use them in proportion to our faith
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. (Romans 12 6-8)
We should develop the gifts we are given
For this reason, I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control (2 Timothy 1: 6-7)
There is some disagreement about how many spiritual gifts there are. This particular one lists 22.
According to 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28-29; Romans 12:3-8; Ephesians 4:11; and 1 Corinthians 7:7, there are at least 22 spiritual gifts. They are as follows: Apostles; Prophets; Pastor-Teachers; Evangelists; Prophecy; Teaching; Wisdom; Knowledge; Faith; Miraculous Powers; Healing; Distinguishing between Spirits; Speaking in Tongues; Interpretation of Tongues; Helps; Service; Administration; Encouragement; Giving; Leadership; Mercy and Celibacy(ibelieve.com)
Do you know your spiritual gift?
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