Scripture Passage: 1 Corinthians 12:1
As Christians, our desire should be that our lives count for Jesus. We were not meant to simply sit in church on Sundays and co-exist with other Believers without meaning or purpose. God has called us to serve Him, and how we serve Him is by using our spiritual gifts to serve one another in the Body.
As individual members of the Body, we serve different functions, united in the same power. We were meant to live in unity, not in unison. We are not clones or duplicates. Though we are ignited by the same source of strength and power, we are each assigned a specific spiritual gift, each distributed by the Holy Spirit himself.
Paul identifies the spiritual gifts in Scripture: wisdom, the gift of knowledge, faith, healing, the gift of miracles, prophecy, discerning spirits, the gift of tongues, the interpretation of tongues, ministry, teaching, exhortation, giving, ruling, and mercy.
We are given our specific gift the day we became born-again Christians, meaning if you are a believer, you already have your gift. You have had it all along, you just have to discover and develop it as you grow as a Believer.
We must be careful, however, not to exploit these gifts. The Devil can counterfeit our assigned gifts to lead the unsuspecting Christian astray. The Devil does not use raw material—he works from within our basic knowledge of Scripture and twists it to confuse and discourage. Therefore, our spiritual gifts are not toys—they are our tools, not for our enjoyment, rather, they are for our kingdom employment. You are a gifted child, important to the kingdom. It is necessary to realize your gift, not only for your own relationship with God but for the sake of your church.
If you do not know what your gift is, it does not mean you do not have one. You do. Today, pray that God would reveal it to you and that you would accept whatever he has given to you as a good and grateful steward. You will discover your gift while operating in the Body of Christ. Ask God to show you how you can serve in your church in a way that capitalizes on your spiritual gift. And be willing to do it.