During my quiet time today, my devotion was all about spiritual gifts. The Bible text came from 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 specifically verse 4 which says, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.”
Utilized On A Daily Basis
Every believer in Jesus Christ has been given spiritual gifts; at least one and often times more than one. Do you know your gifts? I knew my top spiritual gift but wanted to see about the others so I Googled spiritual gifts test and took a test. Turns out I was spot on about my number one spiritual gift. A light bulb went on about my second spiritual gift. Overall, I can see how each of my gifts are utilized on a daily basis. Here are my top 5 spiritual gifts and what they mean:
Discernment: The Divine strength or ability to spiritually identify falsehood; to distinguish between right and wrong motives and the spiritual forces at work in situations. The discerning of spirits also helps us know the true nature of those we deal with, whether they are good or evil. In other words, it helps us know the motivation behind a person or the true nature of a situation. For example, someone may appear to do a good thing, yet we may feel wrong about that person inside. That is often God’s way of warning us that the person’s intention is evil.
Exhortation: The Divine strength or ability to strengthen, comfort or urge others to action through the written or spoken word and Biblical truth. Essentially what I do here on my blog.
Faith: The Divine strength or ability to believe in God for supernatural results in every area of life. The ability to comfortably believe God for something that other people would see as impossible. They have total faith for something that terrifies others.
Hospitality: The Divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for others in places such as your home, office or church.
Mercy: The Divine strength or ability to feel empathy and to care for those who are hurting in any way.
One Date And Done
The results of my test are who I am from head to toe. The gift of discernment is so strong in my life that it scares others. People have literally asked me if I’m psychic and some have even called me a witch. It’s been the key to dating smart and it’s the reason why for me it’s usually been one date and done. Takes me no time to see who a person is.
Urge Others To Action
When I read the meaning behind exhortation, the application of it in my life didn’t hit me right away and then a light bulb went on and I realized that is essentially what I do at this blog and why I blog; to urge others to action. For example, my previous post was all about urging you to take action and have the conversations needed to close the loop on unresolved issues.
Exciting Yet Terrifying
Faith is a key factor in my life. My life is rooted and grounded in faith. When he says go, I pack and go. Moving 3,000 miles away to California, a city where I’d never been and knew not one living soul, after a 10-day stay in the hospital required all kinds of faith. Living by faith has been quite exciting yet terrifying at times but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
While many may think otherwise, I absolutely love being at home and that is why I’ve created a warm and very welcoming environment that others sense and feel when they visit. Lastly, I thank God I am able to empathize with others. For me, there is nothing worst than sharing my pain or hurt with someone then receiving a response with zero empathy. I believe that gift is the reason many feel so comfortable spilling their guts to me.
Grow My Spiritual Gifts
Now that I know all of my spiritual gifts and each one fully resonates with me, a few questions come to mind; how do I use them collectively? Do I need to use them collectively or can each exist on its own? What steps do I take to grow my spiritual gifts? How do I use my gifts to transform the world? How will I use my gifts to leave a legacy?
Something to think about…
What say you? Do you know your spiritual gifts? What are they? How important is it to know our spiritual gifts?
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