You were born for a purpose

Have you ever considered your talents and gifts? Do you get a kick out of soccer? Are you a strategic thinker? A great listener? Can you motivate others to action with your words? Are you skilled at building things? We suggest making a list of the things and activities that interest you in which you excel. You can also ask yourself, “What’s the one thing that I do better than others?” This can also clue you in to your God-given purpose.


The gifts God gives us are like little seeds planted inside us, but for them to grow we have to use them. This means that if you can’t identify which “Gift Seeds” God has given you, try doing new things that interest you. Through these new experiences, God will reveal more to you about who you are and how He has called you to serve Him.


If someone asked you what makes you angry, joyful, excited or passionate, what would you say? Take note of when your emotions are moved; these times can be a sign of your God-given purpose.


Get fired up about the godless condition of the world! When you hear about little children being abused, get angry. When someone tells a story about loyal love, be deeply moved. An exquisite arrangement of words on a page can fill the heart with passion. A story of someone’s heartbreak grieves us all. Talking about Christ stirs us up. When coupled with our talents, these passions point in the direction of a purpose, a written and spoken communication about things that deeply impact us, on a spiritual and emotional level.


Pray. Ask God to show you the things that move you and then make a list. And remember, He wants you to discover His purpose for you more than you do.


Lastly, consider that your purpose is not just about you; it’s about what God wants to do through you. Therefore, if you ignore or neglect your dissatisfaction, what others say about you, your gifts and your passions, you are not only betraying yourself, but betraying God; because He has called you to a purpose and wants you to walk in it — for others and for your own joy.

Also consider that since God has called you, He is completely able to reveal your purpose to you, and He will as you diligently seek Him.  


Hebrews 11:6 states, But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." ... Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

 



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Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tool: Discover Your God-Given Spiritual Gifts


Use these tools to help you to understand how God has gifted you.

by LifeWay Staff on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 8:00 AM


Use these tools to help you to understand where you are spiritually and how God has gifted you. As a church leader you can empower the people in your church to serve with their gifts and encourage them in their spiritual growth.


Spiritual Gifts Assessment Tools

God invites us to "give our spiritual gifts away" through service. Here are some ways to encourage people in your church to serve using their spiritual gifts.


What the Bible Says about Spiritual Gifts

Here are a few verses to get you thinking about what you need to reinforce (Paul's basic description of a spiritual gift can be found in 1 Corinthians 12:4-11):

  • Each believer is given at least one gift.
    (1 Corinthians 12:7)
  • The Holy Spirit determines who receives which gifts.
    (1 Corinthians 12:11)
  • Each gift is equally valuable. (1 Corinthians 12:21-26)
  • We are to use our gifts to serve others for the benefit of the body. (Romans 12:6-8; Ephesians 4:12)
  • We are commanded to use our gifts. (1 Peter 4:10)
  • Exercising our gifts will help us develop spiritual maturity. (Ephesians 4:13)

Pray for Revelation

God will reveal our gifts through His Holy Spirit. Believers should pray and study what God says about gifts in His Word. We should also remember God uses other believers to affirm our gift. Sometimes God may also use spiritual gift assessment tools to reveal His gifts.


Match Gifts with Ministry Opportunities

Once gifts are discovered, the next step is to take action on that discovery. Here is an example of a way to match interests and gifts with ministry opportunities.


Spiritual Growth

Your spiritual journey as a follower of Christ began the moment you admitted personal sin and placed your trust in Christ as Savior and Lord. From that point, until death or the return of Christ, your life’s call is to grow in Christ-likeness.

God expects His children to grow spiritually and His Word encourages personal examination as an element of growth.

The assessment helps you think carefully about your spiritual development related to six specific spiritual disciplines; abiding in Christ, living in the Word, praying in faith, fellow-shipping with believers, witnessing to the world, ministering to others.