Spiritual Gifts

I was reading a post from Messy Christian who expressed frustration with a call of evangelism. That’s understandable, especially if evangelism is not your “spiritual gift.” While all Christians are called to spread the gospel and to exemplify a Christian lifestyle, evangelism is one of a dozen or so gifts mentioned in scripture. Others are teaching, giving, mercy, leadership, service, and more. Furthermore, 1 Corinthians 12 indicates that we are all parts of the body of Christ, but we are parts. We’re not expected to do everything, just do what we can with what we have been blessed with.

I found a Christian resource that discusses these Spiritual Gifts and I encourage you to visit. There are two links on that page; 11 Teaching Sessions that will lead you through what the scripture says about spiritual gifts, what the gifts are, how we get them and how to use them, and the Spiritual Gifts Inventory that will help you figure out what your gifts are based on your interests.

And if your gift isn’t the spiritual gift of evangelizing, that’s ok. Use what you have. 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Spiritual Gifts

  1. Check out what this Chinese guy has to say about why America
    isnt experiencing revival….. (its a short artical.) He’s on the money!! …. Amen
    –Steve

    NOTE: The following is an extract from a wonderful book,
    ‘The Heavenly Man’ by Brother Yun – one of the House-church
    leaders from China who has been imprisoned and tortured for
    his faith. He is speaking here of what it will take for the
    Western church to see Revival:

    CHINESE LEADER SPEAKS OUT – Re: “Revival in the West”
    -Brother Yun.

    Many pastors in Europe and America have told me they want to
    see great revival. I’m frequently asked why China is experiencing
    revival but most places in the West are not. This is a big question
    to answer, but some reasons are very apparent to me.

    When I’m in the West, I see all the mighty church buildings and all
    the expensive equipment, plush carpets, and state-of-the-art sound
    systems. I can assure the Western church with absolute certainty
    that you don’t need any more church buildings. Church buildings
    will never bring the revival you seek. The pursuit of more
    possessions will never bring revival. Jesus truly stated, “A man’s
    life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” -Lk 12:15.

    The first thing needed for revival to return to your churches is the
    Word of the Lord. God’s Word is missing. Sure, there are many
    preachers and thousands of tapes and videos of Bible teaching,
    but so little contains the sharp truth of God’s Word. It’s the truth
    that will set you free.

    Not only is knowledge of God’s Word missing, but obedience to
    that Word. There’s not much action taking place.

    When revival came to believers in China, the result was
    thousands of evangelists being sent out to all corners of the
    nation, carrying fire from the altar of God with them. When God
    moves in the West, it seems you want to stop and enjoy His
    presence and blessings too long, and build an altar to your experiences.

    You can never really know the Scriptures until you’re willing to
    be changed by them.

    All genuine revivals of the Lord result in believers responding with
    action and soul winning. When God truly moves in your heart you
    cannot remain silent. There will be a fire in your bones, like
    Jeremiah, who said, “His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire
    shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”
    Jeremiah 20:9.

    Furthermore, it’s only when we step out in obedience and share
    the gospel with people that we come to know God’s blessing in
    every area of our lives. That is why the Apostle Paul wrote to his
    co-worker Philemon, “I pray that you may be active in sharing
    your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every
    good thing we have in Christ.” -Philemon v.6.

    I’ve seen people in Western Churches worshiping as if they’re
    already in heaven. Then someone invariably brings a comforting
    message, like, “My children, I love you. Don’t be afraid, I’m with
    you.” I’m not opposed to such words, but why is it that nobody
    seems to hear a Word from the Lord like, “My child, I want to
    send you to the slums of Asia or the darkness of Africa to be my
    messenger to people dying in their sin.”?

    -From ‘The Heavenly Man’ – pg 296-297.
    Book available from ‘Amazon.com’ and other outlets.

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