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We’re one week away from 4th of July and even closer to a new month! Some fun things are happening at She’s Taylored next month – I’m introducing TWO new series that I can’t wait to share!!
For now – let’s wrap up our topic on gifts. So far we’ve learned what spiritual gifts are, how to grow our spiritual gifts, and how to accept them from our guest post. Today I thought I’d share my top 3 spiritual gifts, how I’ve used them, and how I’d like to grow them.
In the past year or so I’ve been diligent about praying for discernment with my gifts – what they are exactly, how to use them, and when to use them. Through this time of prayer and counsel, my gifts have become pretty obvious. Tests like this one allow us to possibly put words to gifts or give us a sort of starting point. It definitely affirmed what I’ve been noticing for the past year-ish and partly my whole life.
So here are my top three:
“With this gift, the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the Church.”
This one makes me laugh so much because of how stinkin’ obvious it is. People with this gift are very organized, detail-oriented, and love to coordinate and make plans. They also have no problem stepping up and taking the lead on things but are also comfortable directing behind the scenes. I’m such a planner and organizer that this 100% translates into how I do ministry. I love schedules, rules, and boundaries and I think that they bring so much freedom. Give me a goal or destination and I’m gonna
lead organize us there haha.
With this gift, I’d like to become better at using it more boldly. If I see something that could be improved through organization, coordinating, or just a better direction – I want to step up and say something. I don’t want to wait until I’ve been asked to avoid hurting feelings. My people pleasing tendencies get in the way of me fully using this gift and I need to work on that.
“And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12:28
“The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of mercy to some in the church to love and assist those who are suffering, and walk with them until The Lord allows their burden to be lifted. The gift of mercy is founded in God’s mercy towards us as sinners and is consistently expressed with measurable compassion.”
No pressure, right? Initially, this is very intimidating until you remember that we are all called to be merciful. The parable in Matthew 18 compares a master asking a wayward servant, “Shouldn’t you have mercy on your fellow servant as I had mercy on you?” People with this gift are the listeners. They’re the “weep with those who weep” people.
Don’t we all have issues? Doesn’t the best, richest, and brightest of us just have stuff? It would take you half a second to think of someone who is seriously struggling right now. None of us deserves mercy. We’ve done absolutely nothing to earn it and more effectively have done way too much to ever deserve to receive it. But here it is – freely given by a gracious and loving God. The thing is – we’ve all got to spend some time on earth, so we’re all going to struggle. So shouldn’t we look out for each other? Shouldn’t we serve first, then ask questions or make judgments?
I’ll hop off my soap box and let you know that I have some serious work to do with this gift. I am frustratingly slow-moving when it comes to vulnerability. I think a certain amount of opening yourself up is absolutely required to show others mercy. It’s certainly hard to serve others while on your high horse. Truth is, being vulnerable and open is hard for me. I’m reserved and I’m an observer, but you have to open up and let people all the way in to have true community and to fully serve.
“The Holy Spirit gives the spiritual gift of pastor to some in the church to humbly teach them, guide them, protect them, and to lead them in the mission that God has for His church, namely the Great Commission.”
Oh look! More pressure haha. Truthfully, this one makes some sense to me. I’m passionate about connecting people: to other people, to the Word, and to ministry. It really does fill me up with joy to see others living out their purpose. I love seeing women use their gifts. I love seeing God’s strength poured out from Godly women. It’s amazing to me. It’s really hard to accept yourself. Especially as a woman. We need more confident, Godly women who are using their gifts for the Lord and raising up strong women. I’m just at the beginning of seeing myself serving in a role that works towards this. It’s exciting and intimidating. In order to do this, I’m convicted to study the Word more deeply and create a stronger prayer life.
To wrap up – we all have gifts. God reveals them at just the right time, but He also gives us the choice to use them. Let’s agree, together, to do absolutely everything we can to use them. Let’s agree to be self-aware, to study our gifts, and to actively grow them. Invest in yourself with the purpose of investing in and serving others.
I’ve loved this month and studying spiritual gifts. God is just so faithful, y’all. Let’s have some faith ourselves and watch as amazing things happen.
Have an incredible week – I’m sharing something sweet on the blog on Wednesday!
– Caitlin –