Series: Discovering Your Identity
Lesson: Gifts of the Spirit
As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. 1 Peter 4:10 NASB
Romans 12:3-8 NASB
3For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, 5so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; 7if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; 8or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
There are many spiritual gifts spoken about in the Bible and both Paul and Peter tell us that everyone has one. As Christians a part of our transformation process will be to identify and actively use the individual gifts we possess. Peter encourages us to “employ” our gift. I think most understand employment as it relates to jobs, but just to apply a Webster to it, to employ means to engage the services of, make use of or to devote. Obviously we cannot actively employ our gift if we do not know what it is or that it is. This part of our series is designed to help us learn to identify with Christ through the use of the gift(s) He has provided us. While this is not a lesson on public demonstrations, we must heed Peter’s instruction to employ our gift in serving one another.
In his letter to the Christians at Rome, Paul lists the following gifts: prophecy, service, teaching, exhortation, giving, leadership, and mercy. Compared to 1st Corinthians 12, these are rarely considered gifts of the Spirit, but they very much are. You should never assume all people should possess one gift over all others (i.e., it’s simply not true that everyone who has received the Holy Spirit must speak in other languages).