What are my gifts?

I suppose to properly consider this question I would need to reflect on the passages of Scripture that refer to gifts (Romans 12:3-8; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Ephesians 4:11; 1 Peter 4:10-11). In addition to this, we learn that some of the gifts were destined to pass away (cf. 1 Corinthians 13:8-10). It appears that God gives gifts to his people for two reasons: (1) that he would be glorified (Ephesians 3:20-21; 1 Peter 4:11) and (2) for the building up of the body (Ephesians 4:12-16). I personally favor the passage in Romans because with the exception of one gift (i.e. the gift of prophecy), all will admit the others continue to be necessary in the church today.

Paul teaches that we must not think to highly of ourselves, but to think with sober judgment (Romans 12:3), but he also teaches that it is important that we use our gifts (12:6). I believe that teaching and serving are the gifts that God has given to me. I pray that I will use these gifts to glorify him and build up his body. And perhaps as I gain more of his trust, he will graciously give more gifts.

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