Know Thyself

Discovering Your Spiritual Giftedness

By Linda Canup
  • September 01, 2015

I love a good personal assessment. I’d be hard-pressed to come across one I haven’t already completed: I know my Myers-Briggs, DISC, and Right Path categories; my Chazown passions, Strengthsfinder strengths, and operating style too. But I know my most spiritually significant qualities are given to me by the Holy Spirit.

In this month’s From the Pastors Heart letter, Dr. Stanley explains what spiritual gifts are: divine endowments that equip us to serve the Lord effectively and successfully. He also advises us on how we can discover our own giftedness:

If you’re not sure which [gift] may be yours, consider what motivates you. For example, when I was trying to figure out which gift my mother may have had, I remembered how she used to send cards of encouragement to people who were sick or going through hard times. When she was older, she worked in a nursing home because she wanted to care for those who couldn’t care for themselves. By observing her life and her interests, it became clear to me that she had the gift of mercy.

You can also ask your loved ones and friends in the church which gifts they think describe you well. You may have more than one, especially under different circumstances, but most people have one or two that generally describes them best.

Discovering how God has designed you will help you as you look for ways to share His love with the world. What a joy it is to know He has equipped us with everything we need to share His message and will empower us through His Spirit to accomplish His will!

Dr. Stanley teaches us more about the significance of spiritual gifts in this month’s From the Pastor’s Heart letter.

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