"So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them"
Spiritual gifts are those things that come natural, the things that are easy for us to do. Those gifts are things God has put in us for His purpose. A pastor probably has the gift of public speaking, faith, teaching and/or leadership. He uses those gifts to love others and for God. A few of my gifts are: hospitality, discernment, creative communication. Hosting strangers at our bed & breakfast and communicating are very easy for me, and come naturally. I am frequently commented on my hospitality and detail communication. Yes, discernment probably comes easier than I realize, but I'm not as convinced on that one yet! :-)
Gifts from God vary person-to-person, but they are put in us by God, to be used for God. God has put the gift of encouragement in my wife. She feels loved when others give her words of affirmation and she loves others well by giving words of affirmation. I do not love others well with my words. Maybe sometimes, but not even close to the level that Jenn does. I love others best by spending time with them and helping them. I feel loved when someone helps me and so I easily love others by helping them. God uses both of our lives for His purpose. An easy example: I was feeling down this Father's Day, a somewhat typical thing for me, but much more elevated this year for some reason. Along with missing my Dad, the factors that contributed tiredness, love tank empty from Chris not taking care of Chris. Even after church and a great sermon by John Maxwell, I was down. When we got home from church, Jenn and my son Luke read letters to me--showering love, gratitude and their thankfulness for me over my soul. It was a difference maker! God used their two lives to bless me when I was feeling blue.That was God putting gifts in them, using them to bless me. Another example: A friend I'll call John Doe to save embarrassment, recently told me in the presence of others how my presence of time and acts of service had been a difference in his time of need. God put gifts in me and used me to bless someone else in their time of need. That's God putting gifts in us, to be used by God for His purpose.
To discover your spiritual gifts, take a simple quiz like this one or simple google: "Spiritual Gifts Test" to find other test more to your liking.
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Chris & Jenn live in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. They were high school sweethearts, marrying in 2001. They are parents to one son, Luke (born November 1999) and two loving pups: Miley & Elsie.