There's an essential question to answer that will help you discover your spiritual gifts.
Do you know what it is?
The question is: Why do you want to know know spiritual gift?
In other words, getting really clear and honest about the reason you want the gifts.
What are your motivations?
Reflect on this verse:
And even when you ask, you don’t get it because your motives are all wrong—you want only what will give you pleasure.
In the book of James, the verse above refers to the asks that we make of God. "You don't get it because your motives are all wrong."
If anything were to come from God, it would be spiritual gifts.
After all, spiritual gifts, in fact, come from God, himself: So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers.
Each of these five gifts come from God.
So it would make sense to ask God to know which of those gifts have been given to you.
And God cares about your motives!
As part of this lesson, you should get very clear on your Why.
How do you dig deep into your Why?
Ask yourself some of these questions around your reasons and motives for wanting to know more about your spiritual gifts:
- Are you just curious?
- Are you finding your identity in the gifts?
- Do you seek something which separates you from others?
- I've met someone who has his identity wrapped up in his believed gift -- in this case, of prophesy. The problem was, in doing so, he ended up misusing them.
Because he was so caught up in an identity as having the gift of prophesy, even when his prophetic words were false and counter to God's own word, he resisted correction.
Because his underlying motives were to fulfill a broken desire to feel special. Anything that would challenge that identity threatened his foundation.
As a result of that motive, he not only clung to a false identity, but he perpetrated false prophesy within his church. Because he was so sensitive about being accepted as having this gift, the church ended up accommodating and believing, without testing, his words.
The gifts are not our identity.
Christ is our identity.
But you may be wondering: "Didn't we begin the study in understanding the gifts as represented in Christ?"
It is when we base our gifts in Christ, and not in our capabilities or talents, that we will be less likely to fall prey to what happened to the man above.
It also helps us to get at our deeper motives. To dig deep.
It's far better to be honest with yourself than to deceive yourself. If you have what appears to be less-than-pure motives, let it surface. It's okay! Dig deep as you bring it to light.
Don't bury it. Don't deceive yourself.
For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.
So spend some time really asking yourself, and asking God to reveal to you, your deeper Why.
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