“For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ… Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them…” (Rom. 12:4-6a, ESV).
The other day, a young lady I will call Maria asked me this: “How can I find out what my spiritual gifts are?” She is not alone in this wondering. Many, many Christians are asking the same question.
My answer to her was to share a portion of my own story. I told her about a spiritual gifts class that I took in my early twenties. A key assignment for the class was to create a diagram, using different shapes to stand for our gifts, talents, and skills. We were supposed to make that diagram represent our concept of ourselves. However, I felt somewhat at a loss.
This was because so many of the spiritual gifts on the list of possibilities were appealing to me! I wasn’t sure how to narrow it down to a set unique to me. Somehow, I came up with the best diagram that I could, and turned it in.
I explained to Maria that if I were to go about that same assignment now, nearly twenty years later, the result would be much more precise. Why? Because I’ve had two additional decades to “try on for size” many different capacities of ministry. Little by little, as I have journeyed forward, who God created me to be has become increasingly evident. This has occurred as I’ve rolled up my sleeves, put my hand to the plow, and steadily, faithfully served the Body of Christ over the years.
Today’s verse tells us that we all have differing gifts. Then it goes on to say, “Let us use them.” In other words, let’s not sit around waiting for an epiphany to hit us over the head. Instead, let’s get moving!
The more wholeheartedly you jump into God’s Kingdom, using the potential inside of you, the sooner you will begin to discover His breathtaking design for your life. You may try out five or six, or twenty different kinds of service to His Body. I guarantee you, somewhere along the way, you will find at least one or two that you profoundly enjoy.
When that happens, it’s like Holy Spirit causes one particular activity to light up and pulsate for you… because He created you for it. You will find that whatever it is, it will make you feel profoundly satisfied whenever you participate in it. Don’t give up until you find it. You were born with a great purpose inherent in your destiny. You were born to thoroughly enjoy what He created you to do. You were born to profoundly relish who He made you to be!
Psalm 37:23 tells us, “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives” (NLT). So, dear one, get to stepping! Find somewhere to serve today. Daddy God delights in every huge and tiny detail of your life. He takes enormous joy in showing you your giftings and purpose. However, He can only direct your steps if you are in forward motion. Put your hand to the plow and start serving!
If you have already found out what your spiritual gifts are, do you have anything to share with us about how you discovered them?