Share Your Spiritual Gifts
Spiritual gifts are something every believer is given when they receive the gift of salvation (1 Corinthians 12:7), they are specific ways the work of the Holy Spirit is manifested in our lives. These gifts — on top of our interests, abilities, hobbies, likes, and dislikes — join together to form who we are and how we participate in the work God is doing all around us.
These are not only for us. We are not made to be who we are to serve just ourselves (1 Peter 4:10), they are intended for one and the same general end, the advancement of Christianity and the church’s edification. As the church is the body of Christ, the members are variously gifted for the benefit of the whole body and each individual member.
The Gospel is enacted through the local church all across the world. The church is us: people who love Jesus serving others by holding babies, praying with others, pouring coffee, and opening their homes.
In this, God changes us. Serving in the local church is a vehicle to discover how we are made and how the Lord can use us. Serving provides us the opportunity to know more about how we are created: our likes and dislikes, what we can do well and what we cannot.
God fills in the picture for us. We discover more about ourselves and how He is growing us while He uses us to meet the needs of others. We learn best by doing.