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Four ways to use your spiritual gifts
Posted by Rick Warren
“Surrender yourself completely to God because you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. " Romans 6:13 (NLT)
The moment you become a follower of Jesus, God gives you spiritual gifts. But how do you begin to use the spiritual gifts that God has put in you? Here are four ways to get started:
1. Explore your gifts.
Before you can use your gifts, you need to know what they are. Many Christians have dormant spiritual gifts within them. They neglect their gifts, do not use them and do not even know what they are. The Bible says at 1 Timothy 4:14: "Do not neglect the spiritual gift that is in you" (GNT).
How do you discover your spiritual gifts? There are three steps: investigate, evaluate, and experiment. First, investigate by studying each spiritual gift. Then evaluate what you can. You can start by asking friends what gifts they see in you. Finally, experiment by trying different things. As you volunteer in various ministries in your church, you can discover your gifts. For example, you can organize better than teach.
2. Dedicate your gifts to God.
The Bible says at Romans 6:13, “Surrender yourself entirely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God ”(NLT).
You may already know your spiritual gifts, but you simply do not use them for the Lord. You use them for yourself. You must humble yourself and dedicate every gift you have to the Lord. Put all your excuses out of the way and say, "God, I dedicate to you the gifts you have given me."
3. Develop your gifts.
Gifts are like muscles: the more you use them, the bigger they get. You can and should strengthen, develop, and expand every gift God has given you. You can make better use of a gift by practicing, studying, and learning from other people who have the same gift.
The Bible says: “God has given each of you one of his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. ”- 1 Peter 4:10 NLT.
If God gives you something, He will give you more of it if you use it well – more talent, money, influence, relationships, or responsibility. He says, “I can trust this person. I will always give more and more to this person. "
4. Use your spiritual gifts.
"Provision" means commissioning. You go out into the field and start doing something. Romans 12: 6 says: “We are to use our various gifts in accordance with the grace God has given us. If our gift is to speak God's message, we should do so according to the faith we have ”(GNT).
What is the best place to discover, dedicate, develop, and use your spiritual gifts? In a small group of other Christians; It's like a testing ground. This could be a small group in your church, a Sunday school class, or a small congregation of believers who meet regularly. If you are not in a small group, I encourage you to join one this week so you can test and develop your spiritual gifts in the safe and supportive environment of friends who will encourage you.
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