Discovering Our Gifts

Q. I’ve read several of your responses and it seems that you are implying that it’s like a search to find your spiritual gift. Yet it seems that in the Bible people demonstrated their gift immediately by prophesying, speaking in tongues, etc. I find it odd that so many born again Christians after years have never “discovered” their gift. A “gift” is given by one and received by another. You don’t usually have to spend time searching for a gift that you have supposedly received already.

A. Out of the many thousands of Christians who received spiritual gifts in Biblical times, there are two instances in the Book of Acts (Acts 10:44-46 and Acts 19:6) where people immediately manifested certain gifts. The former was immediately upon belief and the latter followed a baptism. In both cases the Holy Spirit came upon them as He did with the apostles on the day of Pentecost in special demonstration of power. I don’t think this was intended to be seen as a normal occurrence.

I think the best way to discover your spiritual gift is to follow the directions from Romans 12:1-2. Stop conforming to the pattern of this world and allow yourself to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Offer your life to God to use as He pleases. I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Paul immediately continued with a discussion of Spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-8). I think he was saying that as you do these things the Lord will reveal your gifts and direct you in their use.

Parents “hide” gifts for their children to discover because they know a treasure hunt can heighten the enjoyment of receiving a gift. Become like a little child and think of discovering your spiritual gift this way. You’ll likely find your gift in an area of interest to you since areas of interest are often areas of special aptitudes or abilities as well.

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