Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 24
So after I brought up spiritual gifts in my post last Wednesday, God placed on my heart to really explore this topic further.
Let’s take a look at 1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
We need to be a faithful steward of God’s grace to go and advance His kingdom. I love this idea on paper, but I really want to know what this means practically.
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. -1 Peter 4:11
The verses above refer to the spiritual gifts among the body of Christ. It is so important to know that each of these is crucial for the living body of Christ. One is not above the other and they all need to work together to advance the kingdom of God.
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ. Ephesians 4:4-7
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. -1 Corinthians 12:4-6
So what are the gifts given to us by the Spirit?
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.
To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom
to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit
to another faith by the same Spirit
to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit
to another miraculous powers
to another prophecy
to another distinguishing between spirits (discernment)
to another speaking in different kinds of tongues,
and to still another the interpretation of tongues. -1 Corinthians 7-10
So I don’t know if you have had a chance to take the spiritual gifts test, but I did and I will post my results so you can get a better sense of the details and actions of each gift.
These were my results: 1. exhortation 2.pastor/shepherd 3. Discernment 4. Mercy 5. Helps
Definitions of Gifts (from giftstest.com)
The gift of administration is the divine strength or ability to organize multiple tasks and groups of people to accomplish these tasks.
Luke 14:28-30; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:28
The gift of apostleship is the divine strength or ability to pioneer new churches and ministries through planting, overseeing, and training.
Acts 15:22-35; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Galatians 2:7-10; Ephesians 4:11-14
The gift of craftsmanship is the divine strength or ability to plan, build, and work with your hands in construction environments to accomplish multiple ministry applications.
Exodus 30:22, 31:3-11; 2 Chronicles 34:9-13; Acts 18:2-3
The gift of discernment is the divine strength or ability to spiritually identify falsehood, to distinguish between right and wrong motives and the spiritual forces at work in situations.
Matthew 16:21-23; Acts 5:1-11, 16:16-18; 1 Corinthians 12:10; 1 John 4:1-6
The gift of evangelism is the divine strength or ability to help non-Christians take the necessary steps to becoming a born-again Christian.
Acts 8:5-6, 8:26-40, 14:21, 21:8; Ephesians 4:11-14
The gift of exhortation is the divine strength or ability to strengthen, comfort or urge others to action through the written or spoken word and Biblical truth.
Acts 14:22; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:24-25
The gift of faith is the divine strength or ability to believe in God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of life.
Acts 11:22-24; Romans 4:18-21; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11
The gift of giving is the divine strength or ability to produce wealth and to give by tithes and offerings for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God on earth.
Mark 12:41-44; Romans 12:8; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:2-7 65
The gift of healing is the divine strength or ability to act as an intermediary in faith, prayer, and by the laying-on of hands for the healing of physical, mental and spiritual sickness.
Acts 3:1-10, 9:32-35, 28:7-10; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28
The gift of helps is the divine strength or ability to work in a supportive role for the accomplishment of tasks in Christian ministry with the ability to often see the need before others do.
Mark 15:40-41; Acts 9:36; Romans 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:28
The gift of hospitality is the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for others in places such as your home, office, or church.
Acts 16:14-15; Romans 12:13, 16:23; Hebrews 13:1-2; 1 Peter 4:9
The gift of intercession is the divine strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or someplace, believing for profound results.
Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 1:9-12, 4:12-13; James 5:14-16
Word of Knowledge
The gift of knowledge is the divine strength or ability to bring truth to a situation by supernatural revelation. This is often accompanied by a word from God.
Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:8; Colossians 2:2-3
The gift of leadership is the divine strength or ability to influence people at their level while directing and focusing them on the big picture, vision, or idea.
Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17; Hebrews 13:17
The gift of mercy is the divine strength or ability to feel empathy and to care for those who are hurting in any way.
Matthew 9:35-36; Mark 9:41; Romans 12:8; 1 Thess. 5:14
The gift of miracles is the divine strength or ability to alter the natural outcomes of life in a supernatural way through prayer, faith, and divine direction.
Acts 9:36-42, 19:11-12, 20:7-12; Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28
The gift of pastor/shepherd is the divine strength or ability to care for the personal needs of others by nurturing and mending life issues.
John 10:1-18; Ephesians 4:11-14; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-3
The gift of prophecy is the divine strength or ability to communicate God’s truth and heart in a way that calls people to a right relationship with God.
Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29; 1 Corinthians 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5
The gift of serving is the divine strength or ability to do small or great tasks in working for the overall good of the body of Christ.
Acts 6:1-7; Romans 12:7; Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 1:16-18; Titus 3:14
The gift of teaching is the divine strength or ability to study and learn from the Scriptures primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians.
Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-14
Do others notice that ability in you? We may recognize the spiritual gifts God has given us, but do others recognize those same gifts in us?
We know that:
All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God[a] may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. -2 Timothy 3:17
Notice that it gives action words after it says what scripture is purposed for. It is what we do with what the truth once we read it. and it is our responsibility to be good stewards of God grace.
Ok I sense this being a two part post because I really don’t want to dig into faith without works (James 2:14-16) right now… So be sure to come back tomorrow to read HOW WE PUT THIS FAITH INTO ACTION THROUGH THE ABILITIES GOD HAS EQUIPPED US WITH.