As this month keeps marching by (pun intended!) and I am stomping out my bad habits, I am trying to replace them with habits that bring glory to God. One of the ways I can bring glory to God is to exercise my God given gifts. I want both my natural abilities and my spiritual abilities that were appointed to me upon conversion, to be used for God’s glory.
First, I want to distinguish between the two. When I was born, God gave me certain natural talents. I am musically inclined and creative. I am not super athletic, but I tend to do ok in sports. I was born with the genetic makeup to be able to do these things and through learning and nurturing them I can succeed. When I became a Christian, God bestowed upon me spiritual gifts. Each believer has at least one gift and sometimes several gifts to utilize. A spiritual gift is given to bring glory and honor to God.
Just as Paul writes about believers being part of “one body”, the body has several parts. Each person functions in the body differently by doing his/her job according to their spiritual gifts making the body work completely and in unity.
“ From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. “ Ephesians 4:16.
The Bible has three different passages that list spiritual gifts: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11, 27-31; Romans 12:3-8; and Ephesians 4:11. God equips his saints to do the work he has called them to do. I encourage you to read over these passages and pray about the spiritual gifts God has given you. Pray and ask God to reveal to you which gifts He gave you. You may already know and use them to bring glory to God or you may be as I was 13 years ago and stumbling around these gifts trying to figure out which one(s) God has given you. My pastor at the time gave his congregation a spiritual gifts test. It was such an eye opener. There are free spiritual gifts test you can take online or you may be so inclined as to take the written test. Either way I pray that you search for and develop your spiritual gifts in Christ to bring Him the glory, honor and praise He deserves!