"As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).
My son was sitting at his desk with a contemplative look on his face as he studied his lesson for school. With his Bible open to Romans 12, he was struggling with identifying his spiritual gift and how he might use it in Christian ministry. "Mom," he said. "I really don't know what gift God has given me. What do you think my spiritual gift is?"
"Well," I reflected, "I think one gift God has given you is the gift of service. I've seen how you love to help others both at church and at home. You never complain, and you seem to know what to do before someone even asks for help."
"Wow, you mean when I do that it's using my spiritual gift?" he asked.
"Yes," I replied, "you are using your gifts if you allow the Holy Spirit to show you when and where to help."
Every believer, including children, has at least one spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:7). Unfortunately, many Christians never identify their spiritual gifts and simply live life as a spectator rather than a participator. God desires his church to be active and growing with each believer playing an important part in its effective worship and work. Understanding your gifts, therefore, will help you find the best way to serve and eliminate frustrations over trying to do things like someone else. Not only will the church be strengthened and unified, but you'll also discover that spiritual gifts are really just Jesus working through your life as you carry on His ministry.
Do you know your spiritual gifts in the Lord? As you read Romans 12:3-9, ask God to reveal which gifts He wants to use through your life. Like my son, discover how much fun living the Christian life can be when you serve the Lord with the gifts He has given you!
Father, I want to glorify You with my life and discover the joy in serving You. Please, reveal those gifts You've given me and empower me with the Holy Spirit to use them for Your glory. In Jesus' name, Amen.