The purpose of spiritual gifts is two-fold: to unify Christians in our faith and to produce within the church growth that is both numerical and spiritual. The unity spiritual gifts bring is not uniformity; in fact, these gifts are like fingerprints. We all have them, yet no two sets look alike.
God has given the body of Christ an awesome task in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19–20) and the great command (Act 1:8). Could you imagine approaching these tasks knowing that only you are working at them? They would be impossible. But with the body of Christ working together, we can follow God more fully than we could alone. Spiritual gifts are biblical, given to everyone, essential to discipleship and exciting to discover and reveal.
God has a greater use for these gifts, and they are not exclusively for your edification. So what’s the next step? Have you taken a spiritual gifts assessment?
This excerpt is from Gifts for You: Opening Your Spiritual Gifts by Valora K. Starr, a 2011 resource of the Women of the ELCA. Today we commemorate Clement, Bishop of Rome, c. 100 and Miguel Agustin Pro, martyr, 1927.
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