How can smoke detectors help us understand spiritual gifts?


Interesting question, huh?

What are spiritual gifts?  For people who have submitted their life to Jesus Christ, they are benefitted in numerous ways: peace with God, promise of eternal life with God, becoming a part of a team (the Body of Christ), the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God, and so much more.

Upon the Spirit’s presence in our life, we are also given at least one spiritual gift.  You can find a list of such gifts in Romans 12:6-8, 1 Cor. 12:8-10, Eph. 4:11, 1 Peter 4:10-11.

This special, Spirit-powered gift helps us serve others and strengthen the church in an enhanced kind of way.

If you go to Google, you will find many links that allow you to complete various “identify your own gift” kind of surveys.    I believe most of them are worth checking out.

But one other way that I have found helpful is to be sensitive to situations that stir you up.  For example, it is easy for me to be aware of others who are down and need encouragement.  I believe that comes from a gifting of encouragement.

I also find that it is easy for me to gravitate to wanting to learn about leadership, step up to lead in situations, as well as to be very alert to situations where I see excellent leadership being displayed (so often the source of my posts), but also when I see it being done poorly. I believe that comes from a gifting in leadership.

Let me leave you with an illustration that might drive this point home further.  What do smoke detectors do?  They are designed to alert people to a build up of smoke. In a similar way, take a minute to read through the Bible verses mentioned above and then ask God to help you be aware of those “detections” that your spiritual gift is responding to.

Once you understand that you seem to be trending towards certain kinds of ministry opportunities, the next step for you is to check it out.  Look for ways then to get involved in the usage of that gift.  If it is a match, you will find yourself energized as you use your gifting.

Christian, keep in mind, your gift is to be used.

Our Christian walk should be exciting and identifying our spiritual gift and using it is just powerful way of living the adventure.




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