What is my spiritual gift?

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What is my spiritual gift?

by Alyssa Robinson

I love personality tests and self-discovery books. Myers Briggs, Strengths Finder, Enneagram…I just can't help myself. I feel like I always learn something new about myself, but more importantly I learn how I best relate to and connect with others.

So when I started learning about spiritual gifts, the natural question came up, "What are my gifts?" I took the Gifted to Serve Discovery to dive into my spiritual gifts, ministry style, and explore my personal passions. I was surprised by some of the results.

My Top Gifts (quoted directly from my results page):

  1. Discernment: the ability to separate truth from erroneous teachings and to rely on spiritual intuition to know what God is calling us to do.
  2. Knowledge: the gift of knowing truth through faithful study of scripture.

What? How am I supposed to use these? They're so abstract. I was really hoping for more direct gifts like teaching, encouragement, or service. Then I would know exactly what to do with them and where to serve.

After getting the results, I immediately picked up the phone to call Denise Robinson, our Director of Adult Discipleship, to discuss (she also happens to be my mom).

She answered the phone, "Hi there." Since she is my mom, I have the luxury of cutting straight to the point. Without even saying hello, I proclaimed, "According to my results, I am the most hated person in church!"

I explained how my top gifts were about calling out hard truths, thinking that my gifts can only lead me to be the person on the street corner with a bullhorn telling everyone the folly of their ways. I'm clearly destined to be run out of town. I am the annoying person who loves change and disruption, pushes people outside of their comfort zones, always speaks my mind, and disregards the rules.

By the way…anyone who knows me is probably thinking to themselves, "Sounds right to me."

My mom laughed a little and said, "That's only if you're misusing your gifts."

Huh? You can use your gifts wrong?

She and I continued to have a long conversation about my gifts, ministry style, and passion. She explained how she has seen me use my gifts, how she was not at all surprised by my results, and how my gifts and ministry style can be used in unique ways to serve God's kingdom. She didn't just have this conversation with me because I'm her daughter. She has this conversation with anyone who takes the Gifted to Serve Discovery.

After taking a deeper dive into my gifts, I came to realize that I had been viewing the gifts God gives me as some sort of innate super power that comes naturally, requiring no discipline or improvement. The truth is I need to humbly practice my gifts. I need to learn how to lovingly proclaim truth without letting my character flaws of pride, the need to be right, and arrogance (just to name a few) invade the message.

I highly recommend you take the Gifted to Serve Discovery and have a conversation about your gifts with Denise. She and I had a deeper conversation on this week's episode of the Life + God Podcast in which we explored the question, "How do I use spiritual gifts?" You can listen here or wherever you get your podcasts.

Posted by Alyssa Robinson at 7:00 AM
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