Have you ever thought about how your passions can serve God?  Have you ever wondered what your gifts are?  We are so quick to recognize other’s strengths, but we stop short of taking a moment to identify and celebrate the gifts we can offer others.  It is not bragging to tell others what we are good at, in fact it brings great joy to God when you do, because ultimately He knew those talents before you did and has helped nurture them along the way.  Your gifts can make a difference!

Every child of God is filled with the power of the Holy Spirit, specially gifted to play a unique and valued role in the body of Christ. No one is without gift or purpose.

Spiritual gifts are not our talents or skills. They are the grace of God at work within us, empowering us to match our deep passions with the world’s deep need. The gifts are given to individuals, but they are given to build and strengthen community and to meet the needs of those around us.

Begin the journey. Discover your gifts. Talk about your gifts with others. Strive together to understand your gifts and how you can use them to serve God, neighbor, and world. You have been gifted. You have been given a purpose. (umc.org)

The United Methodist Church has a great online resource to help you explore and identify your spiritual gifts.  Start here with this video, then take the spiritual gifts assessment here.

One of my gifts is Compassion.  People who possess this gift rarely ask “should I help,” but instead focus on “how to help.”  Compassion makes us fundamentally aware of the Christ in others and springs from our desire to care for all of God’s creatures and creation.  Another spiritual gift I possess is hospitality.  Although, it’s not specifically one of the twenty gifts identified in this assessment, it’s a gift I freely offer others by welcoming people into my home and church.  I have been spiritually renewed recently with the new Sunday school class I am helping to co-lead at church.  It’s designed specifically for new members to the church, people new in their relationship with Christ or visitors wanting to make a connection.  It has been so fun to make new friendships and help others.  If you are local to Fort Worth and looking for a new church home or know someone who is seeking a church family, please let me know.

Here are some Spiritual Gifts FAQs you might find helpful.  I’d love to hear what your gifts are and how you plan to use them.  Have a beautiful Monday!