Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant – 1 Corinthians 12:1, NKJV
Do you find yourself wishing you could pray better or play the piano or have stronger faith? You’re not alone. Many of us at one time or another felt inadequate when we compared ourselves to other church members. I remember that at the weekly prayer meetings, I was terrified of praying with others. After listening to eloquent prayers, I had no idea what to say. I would fumble and falter because I was so nervous and felt embarrassed afterwards.
Eventually, I learned how to pray comfortably with others but accepted that intercession was not one of my spiritual gifts. I learned that my spiritual gifts are exhortation, giving and writing. Not everyone will be able to pray powerfully or play a musical instrument or teach a Sabbath School class. According to Paul, it is the Holy Spirit “who works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills”. He is the One who decides which gifts we are best suited for.
Sometimes, though, we are blessed with gifts we never imagined we would have. I’m sure Peter, the impetuous, quick-tempered fisherman never once thought that one day he would be an elder in the church. His gift was shepherding. I never dreamed that I would be the leader of any ministry but God put me in charge of three when the time was right and the Holy Spirit equipped me.
So, if you like music, join the church choir. I did and it’s an experience I will always cherish. I’m not a singer but I joined because I wanted to praise God through music. Whatever spiritual gift(s) you have, use them to glorify God and to edify the church. Use what you have to bless others.
If you don’t know what your spiritual gifts are and are interested in finding out, set aside some time and take this test.