Over the years, I’ve taken multiple assessments to understand my personality type and my natural talents. That knowledge provides valuable insight into how I can best serve in an organization. The same is true of knowing our spiritual gifts. According to Scripture, all followers of Jesus have been given one or more spiritual gifts.
In the New Testament, there are several places to learn more about how the Lord gifts his people to love God and our neighbor while fulfilling the Great Commission. Let’s look at a few:
“Each one should use whatever gift he or she has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” (1 Pet. 4:10).
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other.” “All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Cor. 12:7&11).
“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ, we who are many forms, one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:4-6a)
The point is that we are knitted together as Christ’s body, and we need to work together to carry out our Lord’s will by utilizing our spiritual gifts.
Getting involved in doing what our Lord has given us to do (“go into all the world and make disciples”) can be scary. But Jesus made it clear that we cannot allow fear to prevent us from obeying his command to use the gift(s) he gave us to accomplish His will (i.e., Matt. 25:14-30). This will require us to evaluate our lives to determine what God has given us to help carry out His redemptive work in the world.
According to the research I’ve looked at, around 90% of the 5.6 million people living in Colorado aren’t followers of Jesus. And Jesus wants us to work together, using our spiritual gifts, to share how much God loves them so His lost sheep can be reconciled into a right relationship with Him forever. How is our heavenly Father calling you to use the spiritual gifts he has made you a steward of to help reach the lost living among us?
Jesus’ desire for disciples is to employ our gift(s) to help accomplish the Great Commission. If you’d like to discover or better understand your spiritual gift(s), there are numerous websites with free assessments. Some of you already know what your gift(s) and passions are and simply need to find a way to leverage them to carry out our Lord’s salvific work in the world. Love, not guilt or fear, is the catalyst that motivated Jesus to do what he did to save us. Therefore, love is what should prompt us to use our spiritual gifts to take the Gospel to people who need it for the glory of God.
Grace & Peace,
Rev. Jamie George