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One of the main emphases has been that as a Christian believer, no matter your rank, position, or title - we are ALL called to use the gifts God has given us. It is not up to the 'minister' or 'pastor/preacher' to do all the work of the ministry. We have all been equipped with power by the Holy Spirit to carry out the work of the ministry.
God gives us gifts not just for ourselves but so that we can be a blessing to others. God will take our gifts and talents and make them 'more' than they are merely on their own. His anointing will be upon your gifts and will multiply them if used for His glory and for the benefit of others.
The Bible mentions some spiritual gifts in the New Testament as well as in the Old Testament. It is helpful to think of these as examples of what kinds of spiritual gifts exist - not as an exclusive list. They do indeed include gifts of teaching and prophecy but numerous other things can be included too: hospitality, musicality, modern technology (internet skills - blogging, etc), writing, knitting (eg. someone in our church knits for poor people in Armenia), helping etc etc etc - Do not limit what God can do through you.
Be who you are. God has made you an individual, a unique person. God has given you your spiritual gifts to be used by you, in the way he has made you to use them. Don't try to follow a 'formula' or the way that someone else does things. You are unique, just be yourself and be faithful to God. Ususally those passions and desires deep within you have been hard-wired in there by God. You already have some spiritual gifts within you that ate just waiting to be anitined by God and used for the good of others - be yourself in living your life for God, obeying what he prompts you to do and you will find that he has made you and equipped you to do just that!
Some questions for you to considerFeedback and comments on this blog are encouraged and more than welcome. Here are some things you may want to think about and comment on:
- What are your natural desires and passions? What do you love to do?
- Can you find a way where you can use these giftings you already have for God?
- What do you think your spiritual gifts are?
- Should every believer be involved in the ministry of the church or should it be left to the 'pastor/preacher' at the front?