Spiritual Gift Development
SOLID ROCK CHRISTIAN CENTER
“Whatever we do for God, let’s do it with wisdom. Let’s do it with humility, prayerfully and reverently. Let’s do it with excellence. Many of us have amazing talents and gifts which go neglected because we’re trying too hard to be Yolanda Adams or T.D. Jakes. Yolanda Adams and T.D. Jakes are extraordinarily gifted individuals, but God has given each one of us unique talents and skills we can effectively use for His ministry [Ephesians 4].”
Not every pastor is a great preacher.
Similarly, not every preacher or evangelist would make a great pastor. Preaching and pastoring are distinctly different skills [Ephesians 4]. In our tradition, we confess our calling by saying, "I've been called to preach," which is not always true. God calls us to mission, to service for Him. The true measure of our calling is the fruit our work produces.
Spiritual gifts are not always easy to find. Most if not al of them are already part of us, but our passions and interests can blind us to the plans God has for each of us. Spiritual gifts have nothing to do with skill. Nothing to do with education or training. You can aspire to be a great singer, and you can take all the expensive vocal lessons you can afford, but at the end of the day, you have to have some raw talent: an innate gift that is a part of who you are. God gives us a passion for the work He wants us to do, but we have to separate that passion from ego and sort out gifting from anointing from a hobby we're interested in.
Unwrapping Our Purpose
Every person is gifted by God. Spiritual gifts are innate –
inborn orientations that transcend skills or abilities. When we
understand our spiritual gifts, we understand that certain
aspects of our lives are natural, normal, and easy. No one has
to work hard to use his or her gifts, though each and every gift
can be developed and strengthened. It is God’s intention that
every Christian who is filled with His Spirit exercises every
gift. In order to keep His Body interdependent, however, God
desires that members function together as a team.
“Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant… Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.” — 1 Corinthians 12:1,4-6
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