1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (GW)
When you know what you’re shaped to be, then you know what you ought to be, and you can start focusing on that and make better use of your life.
The moment you step across the line spiritually and begin following Jesus, you say, “I’m going to go God’s way, not my own way. I’m going to let him direct my life. I want to follow God’s purpose, not my purpose. I’m going to do what I was wired and made to do.”
After you take that step, God does four things for you: He forgives you, he gives you eternal life, he gives you the Holy Spirit, and he gives you special abilities.
In the Bible, these special abilities are called spiritual gifts, which makes them different from material or physical gifts. They are the abilities you need to get the job done that God wants you to do. Most people who are believers don’t even know they’ve got spiritual gifts, much less what they are. But you have them!
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, “There are different spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit gives them. There are different ways of serving, and yet the same Lord is served. There are different types of work to do, but the same God produces every gift in every person” (GW).
God has a purpose for your life, and your spiritual gifts are the equipment he gives you to do what he asks you to do. God will never ask you to do something he doesn’t give you the ability to do. It’s given to you the moment you accept Christ. You don’t get to choose your gift. You don’t earn your gift.
It’s also not for your benefit. Your spiritual gifts are given to you to help other people. And other people in the church family are given their gifts to help you.
When you use your spiritual gift, the people in your church get blessed. When we develop and use our spiritual gifts, we all get blessed.
To get that blessing and make the most of your life, you need to figure out how God shaped you and what spiritual gifts he gave you. Tomorrow, we’ll talk more about why and how to do that.