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How Can You Recognize Your Spiritual Gifts?

It may take you a while to determine your areas of giftedness and learn how to best minister to the other members of your church, but these four steps will get you started:

Start where you are-Do anything you can do, and do everything you can do, until you find something you must do! That something is probably your spiritual gift.

This is exactly what Elizabeth and I did when we first began attending church. We did anything and everything we could possibly do. It was such a joy to serve anybody and everybody in any way! And then, in time, as God worked through us, we began to find tasks that were ideally suited to us—which were our areas of giftedness.

Start with what you like-At the time of your salvation, God gave you spiritual abilities (1 Corinthians 12:11). These abilities are an inherent part of your Christian makeup. They are uniquely “you”.

As you grow and mature spiritually, these spiritual abilities will surface more and more as you have opportunities to serve. So what’s the best way to discover your areas of giftedness? Do what you like to do or desire to do. This, and your spiritual growth, will help confirm your spiritual gift.

Start asking others-Many times others will recognize your spiritual giftedness while you don’t. Why? Because what you are doing will seem to come naturally. It’s so easy and effortless and rewarding you hardly notice! That’s because your area of spiritual giftedness is a channel through which the Holy Spirit works-it’s not you, it’s Him! This is hard to explain, understand, and recognize. But just keep on keeping on. And ask others what they see as your most effectual area of service. Their observations will probably indicate your areas of giftedness.

Start with what God is blessing-When you are using your God-given gifts, others will be blessed. Also, your gifts will become more obvious as God blesses certain ministries you undertake. So if you are wondering what your gifts are, just take a look around to see what you are doing for the body of Christ that God is blessing.

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