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How has God gifted you by his Spirit? (Part 2)

Posted by on Apr 26, 2012 in spiritual gifts | 4 comments

How has God gifted you by his Spirit? (Part 2)

In my previous post (“How has God gifted you by his Spirit? (Part 1)“), I suggested that God empowers and equips his people by his Holy Spirit in many different ways. At times and for some people, God may choose to work primarily in one way – a way that may be considered that person’s “spiritual gift.” However, as we see in several examples in Scripture, God works through different people in different ways at different times and in different situations – i.e., different spiritual gifts.

When considering spiritual gifts, there is a danger. That danger is fixating on a specific spiritual gift. This kind of fixation (even with good intentions) can hinder the work that God desires to do through someone, and it can affect the relationships between God’s children.

First, fixating on a specific gift can hinder the work that God desire to do through someone because that person may not expect God to work through them in a certain way. Why? Because the person assumes that God will only work through them within that “spiritual gift.”

For example, consider a person that is “gifted” as a teacher. At times, God may choose to work through that same person to serve others or to prophesy or to work miracles. But, if the “teacher” only expects God to use her to teach others, then she may not follow what God is telling her to do. She’s not disobeying God because she desires to disobey; she’s disobeying because she has fixated on her particular spiritual gift.

Second, fixating on a specific gift can hinder relationships with God’s people. The person “gifted” as a servant not only loves to serve, he also tends to assume that God wants everyone to serve in the same way that he serves. When his gift is his focus, then that gift becomes important for everyone.

Obviously, when this happens, friction and discord build among God’s people. Or, if the gifted person is also given a position of authority over others, the others tend to adjust their own service to match their leader’s “gifting.”

Just as God extends people’s hearts differently (see my post “How far does your heart extend?“), he gifts them and works through them differently in whatever realm he places them. This should be expected, both in our own life and in the lives of others.

These differences are meant to be both embraced and celebrated! We should rejoice when God directs someone to serve people in a different realm than us or in a different manner than us. This simply demonstrates the myriad grace of God.

Besides extending our hearts to people in different regions and gifting us in different ways, God also gives us all different opportunities and passions. I’ll examine these differences next…


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  1. 4-26-2012

    I’ve posted this one and Part One on my own blog. Good stuff Alan!

  2. 4-27-2012


    Thanks for sharing my posts!


  3. 5-1-2012

    Why is it a bad thing to say that all Christians have everything God has made available? Why do we teach that some have this gift and some have that gift?


    Could it be because we look at our physical selves and apply what we see to what God has made available?

    What do we see?

    Just to name a couple, for instance, we see some have musical talent and others don’t. We see that some can draw or paint great works of art, others can’t paint the side of a barn without messing it up.

    Why is that?

    All of your earthly talents and physical abilities came from your Grandpa Adam. It was all in his DNA from the beginning. That DNA has deteriorated and has become corrupted over time – primarily due to the entrance of sin and death in the world. The end result is different people with different talents and even babies being born with six legs, no legs, blind, diseases, and so on.

    So, we look at the Christian life as only being able to use what Grandpa Adam gave us and we confuse it with what was given by God to those who were “born-again”. I am talking about the new spiritual “DNA” that was given to you in your reborn, regenerated, spirit man.

    Jesus was the FIRSTBORN (Romans 8:29, Colossians 1:15 & 18), and your number is in there as well as mine. This “DNA” has nothing to do with your earthly talents or abilities. It has to do with spiritual abilities. This “DNA” has not deteriorated at all in the 2000 years it has been around.

    If you are born-again, then you have this “DNA” and all of the spiritual abilities of Ephesian 4, Romans 12, plus all the others referenced in the NT. They are part and parcel of the “Christ in you” that you received by being born-again.

    Again, I ask, why is it a bad thing to believe this?


    The cynic in me has an answer…

    …ultimately, it comes down to this…

    …follow the money.


  4. 5-1-2012


    Since Jesus Christ dwells in us through his Spirit, he can do anything through us that he chooses. This does not negate the fact that, according to Scripture, we are all gifted (spiritually) in certain ways and not in other ways.

    By the way, I don’t believe this because of the money. I don’t get paid for Jesus Christ serving people through me (which seems like a strange concept to me).