How Do We Fan Our Gifts Into Flame? (2) By Babatunde Olugboji
As we continue this series on spiritual gifts and how to keep those gifts fresh, questions such as, how do I know my gift, am I even gifted, how can I keep the flame burning, why should I bother about keeping the flame burning when the Bible says the gifts and calling of God are without repentance? (Romans 11:29)
This week the main question we will seek to answer is why should I identify my gift?
The first point to note this week is that your gift demonstrates God’s presence in you. You may look down on yourself and question if you even have any gift, but the Bible says each believer is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is the giver of gifts. “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own.” (1 Corinthians 6:19)
The Holy Spirit himself is a gift from God and he dwells in each believer.
Various spiritual gifts (motivational, ministry and manifestation gifts) are all means to demonstrate God’s love and power to the church and to the world. At the moment of our salvation when we surrender to Christ, the Holy Spirit takes residence in us and immediately the gift of motivation, to encourage and build up is in us.
Secondly, as believers, we are commanded to grow and mature in Christ as the Bible says in 2 Peter 3:18: “But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.”
Thirdly, your spiritual gifts equip you for ministry. When we hear the word ‘ministry,’ we often think about being a Pastor or being appointed to a position in church, but that is such a limited understanding of the word. In most people’s minds, there is no significant distinction between a church and ministry. While both have religious affiliations, broadly, ministry is an activity conducted by believers to express or spread their faith, the prototype being the Great Commission.
Fourthly, identifying your gift helps equip you to conduct the good work that God has assigned to you, as understanding your strengths and weaknesses helps you become more efficient in your walk with God and all you do. Your potential to bring glory to God increases when you identify your gift and begin to use it freely, to serve others with the unique insights and skills that accompany your gift.
Fifthly, the body of Christ needs you because God created you to bring Him glory. One way you can do this is to use your gifts to their full potential.
Christ has placed you exactly where you are meant to be and it is His pleasure that you are there as the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 12:18 “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as He chose.“ To bless others through your gifting, God wants you to experience the fullness of His joy: “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.“ (John 15:11)
As you do these things, your joy will be full this week.
Have a great week.
Kingdom Dynamics, a weekly column written by Dr. Babatunde Olugboji, the President, Kingdom House, a non-profit organization in New Jersey, USA.
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