Spiritual Gifts Today
So what about spiritual gifts? What spiritual gifts are available for me today?
As the Scriptures declare, the purpose of spiritual gifts in the life of the church is for the common good of the saints (1 Corinthians 12:7). The edification of the Body of Christ is the reason that God gives these gifts. They enable each member of the Body of Christ to serve the other members of the Body of Christ “until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ …. we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.” (Ephesians 4:13, 15-16).
These truths emphasize that there are no “excess” members of the Body of Christ. Each believer is invested by the Holy Spirit with a particular ministry ability given to them when they are saved. We’re told in 1 Peter 4:10 - “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” So, if you are a believer, God intends to use you to contribute to the building up of the Body of Christ. Here are the ways that Scripture tells us God will use (one of these will be your gift):
- Teaching (Romans 12:7; 1 Corinthians 12:28) — he supernatural ability to explain truths to the church, already revealed.
- Ministering (Romans 12:7; 1Corinthians 12:28) — the supernatural ability to see ways to help make the burden of others lighter; this is also called “service.”
- Ruling (Romans 12:8; 1Corinthians 12:28) — the supernatural ability to administer and lead other saints.
- Exhortation (Romans 12:8) — the supernatural ability to appeal to others for action and obedience to the will of God; this is also called “encouragement.”
- Giving (Romans 12:8) — the supernatural ability to use personal resources to enable and enhance the Lord’s work and the relief of the needs of others within the church.
- Showing Mercy (Romans 12:8) — the supernatural ability to give aid and mercy to the sick and afflicted with cheerfulness, readiness of mind, and promptness.
May the Lord bless you as you seek to faithfully display good stewardship of the “manifold grace of God” as you serve Christ and His Body!