Serving – Part 4

When I was still a baby Christian, I completed some surveys/tests that promised to help me discover my spiritual gifts. And I do believe there was some value in those tools. But as I’ve matured, I’ve come to realize that there is probably a better way to discover those gifts.
The main drawback of those kinds of tools, in my opinion, is that they provide some knowledge, but they don’t really help a person put his or her gifts to work. And I also believe that our gifts change as God continually equips us with the gifts we need for each season in life. And, not surprisingly, since those surveys ask about my current activities and feelings, they tend to return results that are consistent with what I’m already doing.
So then, what is the best way to discover my gifts?
Just start serving.
Try out a number of different ministries and look to see where God seems to be using you most effectively. I know that I never discovered God’s gift for teaching His Word until I actually started leading some Bible studies. And until I actually started teaching, I’m pretty sure none of these tools would have revealed that I had the gift of teaching.
The other thing to keep in mind is that the same gift can be used in a number of different ways. I know that I have had the gift of giving ever since I became a disciple of Jesus. But during the seasons in our life when Mary and I survived with little or no income, I had to manifest that gift in a way other than providing financial assistance to others.
So go ahead – just start serving somewhere. Try out some different places of service and see where God leads you.

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