When you hear the words “spiritual gifts” or “spiritual talent,” what comes to mind?
Do you think of a Bible verse that talks about how some people have the ability to speak in tongues and others do not?
Or do you think of the recent explosion of books, blogs, and videos about identifying your spiritual gift. Are such beliefs reserved for those who profess to be born again? These are fair questions, but they are also superficial.
Every religion in this world that has ever existed has always agreed to the fact that every human being is unique. We all possess various talents and abilities that set us apart from one another. Whether we acknowledge it or not, every person is also given various responsibilities in this world as part of God’s plan for us.
So what does God say about spiritual gifts and talents in religious scriptures? Before we begin, let’s first understand the term “Spiritual Gifts” for the unverse.
What are spiritual gifts?
Spiritual gifts are given to us by the Holy Spirit to help us in our daily lives and in our service to God. In other words, spiritual gifts are gifts given by God to us to make this world a better place.
The Bible describes the gifts as being given to us in the same way that God created all things. “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do the work of God,” (Ephesians 2:10).
The gifts are not intended to let us live for ourselves; rather, they are intended to help us serve each other and God.
Spiritual gifts are not just the ability to speak in tongues. They are given to all of us.
Each person’s relationship with God is unique. God is always the same, but how he manifests himself through each of us is unique. This shows that God has a plan for each person’s existence that serves a specific purpose in His grand scheme goal of bringing Him to the world.
To put it another way, God has a purpose for the spiritual abilities He bestows on humans.
Because it is His Spirit, He imparts it to everyone of His devotees. Each person is unique, therefore God knows exactly what gifts they have and how to use them in the world. Some of His disciples are blessed with more than others.
The Purpose of Spiritual Gifts
“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good,” (1 Corinthians 12:7).
Those who believe in God should feel encouraged since the purpose of spiritual talents is to call attention to the kindness of God (well, that’s what people usually say, I don’t really know if it’s true).
But what I think is that it is never appropriate to use one’s spiritual skills in such a way as to draw attention to oneself or to make oneself appear more significant than anyone else. They are to empower each and every one of them.
What Does the Bible Say About Spiritual Gifts?
Spiritual gifts are something that are really not meant just for Christians (no offense, that’s just my way of seeing it).
“But one who is spiritual examines all things,” (1 Corinthians 2:15).
Each individual is responsible for examining himself and recognizing his own spiritual gift. The Bible does not go into detail about the specific gifts that are given to each individual, but it does emphasize the need for each person in this world to recognize his gift and to use it for the benefit of society.
For a moment, think of these gifts as abilities God has given you. If you can write well, then you could start your own website and share amazing articles that people love to read and gain knowledge from.
If you are a singer, you could make people forget their bad days. If you can paint, you could make art your expression of thoughts.
But remember, the difference between your natural talents and spiritual gifts depend upon the usage of it. Like for what you are using those gifts for? Ask this and then you can any abilities of yours as a spiritual gift.
No matter what the gift is, you have the potential to use it for the betterment of this world, and those are the kinds of things that I consider to be spiritual gifts.