Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Revisiting The Spiritual Gifts Test

I was having a hard time sleeping last night. My husband Robert was in deep slumber at that point.


I found that my sleeplessness was was really unusual. I, then, decided to pray and started asking God what He specifically wants me to do during our season here in Nashville.

I felt prompted to get up and re-evaluate my spiritual gifts. The Bible says that He blesses all of us with these.

Here are a couple of verses that affirm this belief.

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. (1 Peter 4:10)

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:4-6a)

It's been 4 years since I took a Spiritual Gifts Test online. Praying last night led to me believe that it is time to take it again and discover how God wants to use me in this 'new life.'

The results of last night's online test were:

PRIMARY GIFTS

Wisdom
The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to know how given knowledge may best be applied to specific needs arising in the Body of Christ.

This gift is a practical gift. Those with this gift have an excellent ability to apply spiritual truth to everyday life.

Often, people in the church naturally seek out people with this gift when they are facing complicated spiritual problems. When a person with this gift considers past experience, they realize that they often make good and correct decisions and judgements.

Scriptures: Proverbs 4:5-8; Acts 6:3, 10; 15:13-20; 20:20-21; Romans 12:17; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-14; Colossians 1:28.

Exhortation
"The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to minister words of comfort, consolation, encouragement, and counsel to other members of the Body in such a way that they feel helped and healed."

This gift is a communication gift. This gift is often called "encouragement," but exhortation is used here because the gift is not limited to the connotations that the name "encouragement" implies.

Those who use this gift within a teaching or ministry situation are often driven to give practical application to their insights. Often, those gifted in this gift desire step-by-step plans of action to help others mature in Christ.

Exhorters often find it natural to discover insights from personal experience when validated and amplified in Scripture.

Scripture: Luke 3:16-18; Acts 11:23; 14:22; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:12; 5:1; Hebrews 10:25.

SECONDARY GIFTS

Faith
"The special ability that God gives certain members of the Body of Christ to discern with extraordinary confidence the will and purposes of God for His work."

This gift is a practical gift. Those with this gift often scare other people with their confidence.

People with this gift are often very irritated by criticism, as they consider it to be criticism against God and His will.

Probably the biggest danger for those with this gift is that they often try to project their gift onto other people.

Scriptures: Acts 11:22-24; 27:21-25; Romans 4:18-21; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11.

Discernment
"The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to know with assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine, human, or Satanic."

This gift is a practical gift. Christians with this gift can recognize the true motives of people and also recognize when a person is distorting the truth or communicating error.

This person often can recognize when Satan or other evil spirits are at work in a given person or situation.

Scriptures: Matthew 16:21-23; Acts 5:1-11; 16:16-18; 17:11-16; 1 Corinthians 12:10; Hebrews 5:14; 1 John 4:1-6.

Those who know me personally: 
Do you agree with the test results?

Do you want to take the spiritual gifts assessment test?

Do you want to see the different kinds of spiritual gifts?

4 comments :

Liz said...

I agree! And I can see how the combination is uniquely you!

Samantha said...

Hey Liz! Thanks. I am curious, what's yours? :-)

Janelle said...

Super agree. That's definitely how God beautifully handcrafted you!

Samantha said...

Thank you Janelle! How about you? What are your spiritual gifts? :-)