Spiritual gifts are ‘God-given abilities for service’, they are to be used in love for the edification of the Body of Messiah.
They are sovereignly bestowed and given to EVERY believer at the moment of salvation.
Every believer has at least one spiritual gift, if not more. But all believers do not have the same gift and the one same gift is not given to every believer.
A spiritual gift is not an office, or a talent, it is not a specific age-group ministry and it is not an indication of one’s spirituality. It is a specific ability given to a believer by God.
We are accountable to use our gifts wisely among the Body of Messiah.
How do I discover my spiritual gift or gifts?
There are three principles in discovering one’s spiritual gift.
1. Knowing What the Gifts Are:
The first principle is to know what the spiritual gifts are. Altogether, there are nineteen gifts of the Holy Spirit. It is important to know what the gifts are, so that one does not seek gifts, which do not exist. A good thing to do is to make a list of the nineteen gifts of the Holy Spirit.
2. Being Actively Involved in a Local Body:
A second principle in discovering a spiritual gift is based on the purpose of the gifts: for the building up of the body. The second principle is to be actively involved in a local body. One of the reasons why believers are responsible to become part of a local body and to be in subjection to the spiritual authorities of that body is because it is by means of the local body that believers can discover what their spiritual gifts are. By being involved in a local body, other believers will discern which gift or gifts the individual has and ask him to function in it. In this way, one can discover his spiritual gift.
3. Discovering Other Gifts:
The third principle is discovering other gifts in addition to ones, which a believer already knows he has. Frequently, believers have more than one gift. No believer has all the gifts but a believer will often have more than one. The way someone can discover other gifts is by being faithful in using the gifts he knows he has. For example, in Acts 6, Philip was recognized to have the gift of serving and was asked to take the office of a deacon. Because he was faithful in performing the office of a deacon and using his gift of serving, God showed him another gift, the gift of evangelism and he went to Samaria to evangelize the Samaritans (Acts 8).