SHINE: Nurture by the Spirit — Nurture Your Spiritual Gifts

SHINE! … By the Spirit™ with Tonya M. Evans

Nurture Your Spiritual Gifts

© 2010 Tonya M. Evans

June 14, 2010

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Credit: Francesco Marino

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. (Romans 12:4-6a)

Do you know what “spiritual gifts” you possess? More importantly are you aware of and actively cultivating your spiritual gifts?

There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12: 4-7

There are numerous references to spiritual gifts in the Bible, specifically in the New Testament. The apostle Paul lists them in several passages (Romans 12:6-8, 1 Corinthians. 12:29-30, 1 Corinthians 12:8-10, Ephesians 4 and 1 Corinthians 12:28), with some gifts mentioned several times (prophecy, teaching and miracles, for example). No one list of spiritual gifts appears to be exhaustive and even prominent Biblical scholars disagree on the actual number and order of importance of gifts. But all agree spiritual gifts are meant to be nurtured and developed in order to fully serve God’s purpose.

So whether your gifted in administration (organization and leadership), discernment (spiritual intuition), healing (with your hands or words), service (selfless giving), miracles (moving mountains and speaking life into dead situations), prophecy (spiritual knowing about the future and meaning of things past), teaching or any of the other gifts, the way to thank God for blessing you with spiritual gifts is to identify, accept and nurture them.

By cultivating your spiritual gifts you increase the ways God can use you and you achieve the spiritual maturity necessary to effectively utilize your gifts. Also remember, every individual doesn’t possess every gift. So recognizing what you do possess is half the battle and will help you focus your time and attention on where your strengths lie so that you nurture the attributes in accordance with your gifts.

So administration isn’t your thing? That’s fine. No need to worry about becoming a better leader or organizer (or envying those who are) when you are already a gifted encourager and intuit. Spend time nurturing your strengths knowing that God has blessed us all in intentionally different yet complementary ways. The Creator has done this so that we might work with and rely on each other to achieve our individual and thus our collective potential. Just as the human body has many different parts — each serving different functions and relying on others to function effectively — so too does this great spiritual body.

Nurture your spiritual gifts and watch your blessings unfold! I invite your comments and reflections.

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3 Responses

  1. Thank God for this eye opener. Over the weekend I hosted a pastor in my home and we did talk about the spiritual gifts. I told him boldly that when I was still in Uganda my spirit was so strong and thought when I get here in Canada I will grow deeper and deeper in the word and feed the spirit. I lost everything due tothe stess of settling and lack of a good church. I was advised to search God again it is ever to late. For sure I feel the thrist of the word and guide line of how to get backon track. Yes I fast and pray but not as i used to/ Please advise me and please if you know of anyone who can nurture me let me know. I feel there is something in store for me once i get back to the roots. Where should i start?
    God bless Sarah

  2. Love it! Reading this left me feeling empowered and confident in my gift. I especially liked your simple definitions of each gift. Keep up the good work!

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