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Skills and Gifts are Different

Dart West shares a devotion about discovering his spiritual gifts. CLICK HERE to take the Gifted to Serve Discovery to learn your gifts and ministry style!

I was a people manager most of my working career. Because of that experience some people in the church thought I should be a part of lay leadership. I was on the board of trustees and then on the leadership board. Being a part of leadership, being "in the know" appealed to my easily inflated ego. I served in those capacities for four long years. I was terrible at it, and it was bad for me. At the end of meetings, I would be frustrated, angry and drained. It always amazed me that there were people on the board that after a three-hour meeting would be happy and energetic, all fired up about what we had accomplished. It was like we had been in different meetings.

Since then I have participated in a spiritual gifts assessment and found out my gifts are teaching and discernment not administration and leadership. Now I primarily teach, a process I find energizing and fulfilling. It seems so obvious to me now that I was out of place on those committees and should have never agreed to serve in that capacity. Spiritual gifts and skills are not the same thing. My career had given me skills but they were not aligned to my spiritual gifts. When I tried to use my skills in a spiritual setting I was miserable, and it showed in my performance.

God gave us specific gifts to be used in His service. Some questions to ask yourself about how you serve. Do you look forward to it? Are you energized by it? Are doing it joyfully or out of obligation? If your service does not bring you joy then I encourage you to evaluate where you are serving. Take a spiritual gifts assessment, talk to your pastor or a trusted friend, someone who knows you and is willing to be honest with you. It may take some time to figure it out, you may have to try a few things. I once taught middle school sunday school for a few months, it did not go well.

Discovering where God intended for you to serve is worth the effort.

1 Corinthians 12:4-11 
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

1 Corinthians 12:27-30
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret?

Prayer for Today: Lord, help me discover my place in Your kingdom and the service you designed me to do.

by Dart West

Posted by Alyssa Robinson at 11:01 AM

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