“Yet each person has a special gift from God, of one kind or another.” 1 Corinthians 7:7b
The man looked me right in the eyes and said, “The Lord must have missed me when He was handing out spiritual gifts.”
“Why do you say that?” I asked.
“I just don’t see any evidence of any of the spiritual gifts in my life.”
I smiled at him, reflecting on how he must feel. “Think about what you are saying,” I replied. “Do you seriously believe the God who created everything, who gave His life for you, who lives within you, who guides and empowers you, simply forgot to give you a spiritual gift?”
“I’m not certain,” he replied.
Paul clearly writes in 1 Corinthians 7:7 that “each person has a special gift from God.” Since the Holy Spirit inspires all of the Bible, we can be assured that He also inspired that verse. God doesn’t forget anyone in His distribution of spiritual gifts. It doesn’t matter if we’re popular or outcast, rich or poor, slow or smart, handsome or homely, He has given every Christian at least one spiritual gift for use in ministering to others and fulfilling His purposes.
Take time to discover or explore your own spiritual gifts. You can do so in 3 different ways:
- Study: Read about spiritual gifts in the Bible, looking for ones that seem to describe qualities you may possess. For further study, register for the next SHAPE class being offered at your campus.
- Trial and Error: Get involved in ministry where certain spiritual gifts are necessary. If you are unsure how to do so, check with your life group leader or campus pastor.
- Insight from Others: Speak to mature Christians you trust about which traits of specific Spiritual Gifts they may see in you.
Lord, I know You care for me. Thank You for giving me at least one spiritual gift. Help me to further discover and develop my giftings.
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