Identifying Your Gifts for Service

Identifying Your Gifts for Service

- in Leadership

The purpose of serving is to glorify God and edify others, which is what I learned from the Word of God through the teaching of my pastor. Your service to God is very important in the sense that it complements others that have the same purpose. As children of God we are part of one body and each have different functions in the body.

Romans 12:6-8 says, “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.”

Other scripture references about gifts are 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, 28; Ephesians 4:11. Finding your place to serve wholeheartedly with passion is what makes a significant difference in the body of Christ. I’m currently doing a course about serving at our church and we got an assessment to find out more about our gifts making reference to the scriptures mentioned above.

You will notice that we all have differing functions in the body of Christ and each function has a different role. Never compare yourself to another member in the body of Christ and wish that you were like them. God assigns gifts to each of His children as He sees fit. Be faithful over that which He has assigned to you. Some functions may appear more glamorous than others; however, every role is important because without it the body would not operate as effectively as it can.

You can also ask others that know you well to share with you what your gifts may be. It makes a difference as you will get to understand yourself better through the eyes of another. Spend some time on the scriptures to identify the gifts God has given you. Be sure to evaluate yourself honestly in order to find your place of service.

Sometimes you can discover your gifts accidentally or doing something out of the ordinary. I have heard of people that have had such experiences. One such person is Michael Junior the famous comedian. While in a movie theater some technical challenges were experienced – the projector failed and the film snapped.

Acting on a dare he went in front of the crowd and started performing. The rest as people usually say, is history. It’s quite a hilarious story but that’s another way of discovering your unique gifting.

It’s good to remember as well that at the end of your life God is going to require an account of what you did with your gifts, just like in the parable of the talents. Use them to produce more and bless other people around you and do not be like the servant who went and hid his talent. Your gift is not your own so be sure to make good use of it.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. Remember to share with your friends and family.

Do you know of any other ways that you can discover your unique gifts and talents? Let us know in the comments section below. It will definitely help someone that may be struggling with discovering theirs. 

About the author

Sija Mafu is an Online Enthusiast, Personal Development Fan, Global Business owner and a Master in The Art of Living. Also as a devout Christian, his vision is to see young people take responsibility for their lives and create bright futures for themselves, their families and society at large.

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