Spiritual Gifts… How Do I Use and Grow Mine?
How should I use my spiritual gifts?
“A spiritual gift is a God-given assignment, capacity, and desire to perform a function within the body of Christ with supernatural joy, energy, and effectiveness.”
It begins with a filling of the Holy Spirit, and a humble heart.
“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:3-4
Our spiritual gifts are given with intent. This intent is for us to walk in the fullness that God has for us, both in relationship with him and in unified community with fellow believers (the Church). They are given to empower us to perform the function for which God created us, and give each of us the opportunity and ability to be an active part of building up the Church. Every spiritual gift is essential to the health, building up, and fruitfulness of the Church.
“…the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” – Ephesians 4:16
In order to use our spiritual gifts effectively (and in the fullness that God intends), we must be operating out of an overflow, exhibiting all of the fruits of the Spirit, and sensitive to how the Holy Spirit is leading us, not only in the use of our gifts, but also in how he may want to minister to others through words or deeds that he leads us to say or do. This gives purpose, even when (from a worldly point of view) it seems that we are just doing “tasks”.
“…the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.” – Galatians 5:22-23, 25
How do I grow my spiritual gifts?
- Education. We need to really understand what our spiritual gifts are, and what they entail. If we don’t have a good grasp of our gifts, then we can end up apathetic or less effective.
- Evaluation. We need to be both open to and seeking God’s leading, and the counsel of fellow believers. In order to grow we need both encouragement and constructive feedback. As we as a Church intentionally encourage and spur one another on, both we individually and the Church corporately will flourish.
- Exercise. We need to intentionally seek opportunities to use our spiritual gifts. Remember that they are a God-given assignments, and each one of us has an essential role to play in the body of Christ, using the spiritual gifts that we have been given. Often kick-started by a God-given desire, our spiritual gifts are grown through perseverance; intentionally seeking opportunities to exercise them.
Look forward to next week when we have our ministry guest panel. Our desire is that you get plugged into serving somewhere in the body of Christ. This will be our final week on the topic of spiritual gifts.
- Kris Schmidtke