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Hi friends! Happy Wednesday!
To continue on with our month of Gifts, today we’re going to be discussing the whole “what now” point of the topic. By this point, hopefully, you’ve taken this quiz or just know your spiritual gifts. If you haven’t – do that right now and come back!
What do you think? Are you surprised or did you see them coming? Were you hoping for one of the more “exciting” gifts like leadership or evangelism? I’ve taken a lot of gifts quizzes and I’ve never gotten either of those two before so don’t feel bad. Like I said in this post, each gift is 100% vital to building the Kingdom and 100% valuable to the church and to God. So wear them with pride!
Actively developing your spiritual gifts is one of the most important things you can do as a believer – I don’t say that lightly either. It is entirely possible to walk through life loving the Lord without ever knowing or using your gifts. But shouldn’t we want more than that? Doesn’t God deserve more than that? Think of the result of each of us maximizing our gifts and using them 100% for God – wouldn’t that be amazing? Obviously, that’s not going to happen for everyone – but it can happen for YOU. Today. Right now. This isn’t a quick, overnight growth, but a lifelong thing. Gifts may change with all the changes life brings, but you can begin the process of growth and take one step closer to living out your purpose.
A caveat – I’m a total newbie when it comes to ANYTHING in life. I’m totally aware of that. Any “advice or wisdom” I share will hopefully come straight from scripture and from books that I trust have been inspired by scripture, SO here are some steps to growing your spiritual gifts! (These will sound like DUH steps – but I think something this important should be simple, right?)
Study your gifts
Assuming you take a quiz or ask a wise person what they think your gifts are, your next step is to get to studying! You’ll have heard most of the gifts you could get, but that doesn’t mean you should be expected to know how to use them. Even if you could’ve guessed your gifts verbatim, we’re trying to grow here so study anyway. Look to scripture for examples. Use Google to point you in the right direction! No shame in that. Ask (or Google) these questions: “Who was a good encourager in the Bible?” “Who showed a lot of faith in the Bible?” “Examples of apostleship in the Bible” – hint New Testament isn’t a bad place to start. Heck, “Examples of prophecy in the Bible” After you’ve read biblical examples, don’t be afraid to ask people in your life that you trust are using their gifts. Ask them what their gifts are and how they’ve developed them.
Apply your gifts
Spiritual gifts are action-based. They were given to us by the Holy Spirit with the specific purpose of allowing our Kingdom work to be a little bit more natural. Spiritual gifts are powerless if they are not used. So take action. Take this gift of grace. If you aren’t finding opportunities to serve, then pray for the opportunities! I don’t think you’ll have too much trouble finding chances to serve, but I also don’t think God hesitates to give us those chances either. So, sister – looks like you’re gonna be serving! Jesus said in John 14:13, “ You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.” He really will and it is oh so sweet when He does.
Few things will provide more growth than the ole’ iron sharpening iron discussed in Proverbs 27:17. Accountability is TOUGH, y’all. There are few things more humbling and more rewarding than someone you love hitting you with some truth. Ask someone close to you to actively monitor how you use your gifts. If you got teaching as a gift, ask your friend to make sure you use scripture and not your opinion. If you got serving, ask your friend to make sure your intentions are pure. Don’t go into this alone – after all, this is about others from the get-go! Community + accountability is sooo dang powerful and so often untapped. So tap, y’all!
Above everything else – seek wisdom and understanding from the source of truth Himself. Trust me – God wants you to be growing your gifts. He will be SO utterly delighted that you’re willingly taking on study and growth to better serve the people He loves.
I hope you feel revved up for action or at least have some questions for God. You are incredibly capable and gifted – whether you’re reading this and you’re 50 or 15. You are capable.
Let’s get to the best work of our lives.
Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you Friday for something extra sweet!
– Caitlin –