4.22.2013

Spiritual Gifts

Do you have a clearly defined spiritual gift that you believe God desires for you to share with the world?  One or two talents that he put into your heart so that you could follow Him more fully? I ask myself this sometimes. I know I love to help people, and I think that has really become clear since I have started volunteering to help with my church's youth group and mentoring undergraduate researchers. Still, I am not sure how clearly defined this gift is to me yet. 

 Some of the youth on Palm Sunday.

Earlier today, I came across Jessica's post on spiritual gifts and talents. In her post she shared a short ministry survey that indicates different facets of spiritual gifts and where you fall on each. You can find that survey here (it's really short, only took me a few minutes). As Jessica did on her post, I would like to highlight some of  my own results. 


Spiritual Gifts

Strength

Evangelism11
Prophecy9
Teaching14
Exhortation15
Pastor/Shepherd16
Showing Mercy13
Serving19
Giving13
Administration16




Now, I am not going to lie. I was a little shocked. Although serving, my highest strength, confirmed my belief that I was meant to help others, I was really shocked at how high I was on Pastor/Shepherd and Exhortation, and honestly, I was a little confused about what these actually meant. 

According to my results, "...we are actually discussing the GIFT of shepherding, not the POSITION of pastor. Though a good pastor must have the gift of shepherding, everyone who has the gift of shepherding is not called to be pastor. The gift can be used in many positions in a church. As a gifted shepherd, you have the Spirit-given capacity and desire to serve God by overseeing, training, and caring for the needs of a group of Christians. You are usually very patient, people-centered, and willing to spend time in prayer for others. You tend to be a "Jack of All and Master of ONE," meaning you are usually dominant in one of the speaking gifts (evangelist, prophet, teacher, exhorter) as well. You are often authoritative, more a leader than a follower, and expressive, composed, and sensitive. Your pleasing personality draws people to you."

DEAD ON. Literally. This was really eye-opening and allowed me to put words to gifts I feel I possess. I would encourage you all to share your spiritual gifts, or if you are unsure what they are, to explore them in prayer and maybe even this little survey!

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