God has given spiritual gifts to all of his children. These gifts are for the benefit of the whole church. Many Christians have spent very little time thinking about spiritual gifts and have no idea as to what their own gifts may be. I want to spend a few moments laying some ground work for the discussion of spiritual gifts.
Spiritual gifts and talents are very similar, but not exactly the same. Let’s take music for example. A person may be very talented musically and yet not have a spiritual gift related to music. For those who are discerning, the difference is obvious. That which flows from a gift of the Spirit magnifies Christ. That which is solely a talent magnifies the performer. Sometimes a talented person does not know the Lord, and therefore the talent is a latent gift. The Holy Spirit could take that talent and transform it into a spiritual gift. Sometimes a talented person may know the Lord, but needs to grow spiritually and experience the work of the Holy Spirit in fulness before the talent is transformed into a gift. Always remember the Spirit’s work is to glorify Christ and only those abilities that glorify Christ are the work of the Holy Spirit.
There are basically three categories of Spiritual gifts: 1. Sign gifts, 2. Support gifts, 3. Service gifts. In the following blogs I will make some observations from my own experience concerning these groups of gifts. I will concentrate primarily on those gifts mentioned in Scripture. I am not convinced that every single spiritual gift is listed in Scripture. I base that assertion on the fact that no two listings in Scripture contain the entire list. There are actually four passages that list spiritual gifts. They are Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10 and 12:28, Ephesians 4:11, and 1 Peter 4:9-10. These lists seem to be representative rather than exhaustive. Tune in later for my take on the sign gifts.