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What are spiritual gifts?

Posted May 30, 2024

by Kairos Kobayashi

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The term, “spiritual gift,” is one many Christians have heard before, whether from their local church or reading the Bible, according to The Daily Grace. Inspiration from the Holy Spirit makes a spiritual gift different from mere skill, talent or drive.

Spiritual gifts originate from the Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sent to empower his disciples, according to Ephesians 4:7-8 and Ephesians 4:12-13.

One must first become a believer to receive the Holy Spirit, according to Lifeway. By having faith in Jesus, one receives the Holy Spirit, which activates the spiritual gifts within.

Spiritual gifts activate when someone enters a relationship with Jesus and develops their relationship over time. Some examples include administration, apostleship, faith, giving, knowledge and leadership, according to Cru. These and other spiritual gifts are found in Scripture, according to Spiritual Gifts Test.

Spiritual gifts can be divided into three categories: ministry gifts, motivational gifts and manifestation gifts, according to MySpiritualGifts.

Ministry gifts, as the name suggests, are gifts Christians have in spreading God’s ministry for the Church, according to David Servant, founder of a nonprofit ministry Heaven’s Family. The gifts themselves work through individuals to have them serve as prophets, pastors, teachers, evangelists and apostles.

Motivational gifts influence one’s personality, interests and approach to service, according to Regent University. Some examples include having leadership skills to help lead their local church, administration skills to help ensure things run smoothly and a compassionate heart to be very giving.

Manifestation gifts involve the flow of gifts from the Holy Spirit to help with specific purposes, according to 1 Corinthians 12:7-11. These gifts include the gift of having extraordinary faith, the miracles of healing, divine words of knowledge and receiving prophecy.

The flow means that the gifts given to Christians by God are always flowing within us, and we are the ones who open and close this flow in, from the Holy Spirit, and out, from us to bless others, according to Andrew Wommack Ministries.

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Every Christian manages their God-given gifts as 1 Peter 4:10 states, according to Crossroads Church. Crossroads Church goes on to share that the discovery of spiritual gifts relies on asking questions. Some examples include asking how to bless someone today or asking a friend how they are a blessing. Asking God through prayer is another way to discover one’s spiritual gifts.

In the process of learning what one’s spiritual gifts are, Romans 6:13 tells Christians that they are to use their gifts to bring glory to God and to serve His purposes, wrote Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California.

As for how one should utilize their gifts for God, one should first and foremost pray to God about how to use these God-given gifts, according to Focus On The Family.

Romans 12:6-8 provides some ideas as to how one can use their gifts, which can look something like teaching children at Sunday school or traveling to third-world countries and ministering to them.

Other examples are having the gift to teach others important life lessons, or the gift of reaching out to others through generosity, according to Oak Ridge Baptist Church.

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Spiritual gifts show the purpose God has in store for everyone, according to Church Growth. When we use our gifts, we are filled with purpose and fulfillment because we accomplish the very work God intended for us.

Spiritual gifts are important because they come from God through the Holy Spirit. No matter what gift it is, whether it be leading, giving to those in need or performing healing miracles, they all serve a Kingdom purpose to bring glory to a loving God, who wishes for us to be a blessing to the world.

Kairos was born and raised in Hawaii as the son of a pastor. In 2023, he graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a degree in Journalism: News & Storytelling. He aims to write insightful, unbiased, and truthful stories on the Body of Christ.