My husband and I were recently sitting around a campfire while camping on the beach when our 8-year-old son side-swiped us both with a deep faith-related question.
“Can your spiritual gifts change throughout your life?”
Imagine our surprise that this was a question from our 3rdgrader! Neither of us could recall ever talking about spiritual gifts around him.
After much discussion, we assured him that his spiritual gifts could change throughout his life depending on how he grew in his relationship with God. He asked some follow-up questions about if some spiritual gifts were better than others, which launched another discussion about God using everyone’s gifts to win hearts for Christ.
This conversation got me thinking about adult perceptions of spiritual gifts. Does the average adult Christian know what their spiritual gift is? Do you know? How many times have you taken the spiritual gifts test? Have your own gifts morphed throughout the years? Are you utilizing your gifts to bring glory to God?
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV) tells us “each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”
I’d venture to guess that your gift is one that is already apparent in your life, even if you haven’t acknowledged it as your gift. Those who are naturally content to host and feed guests are likely gifted with hospitality. If you have this gift, you may love having people over to your home. Perhaps it’s time to host a small group for your church, which would meet in your home. Those who are in the education field are likely gifted with teaching. If you have this gift, you may be a teacher as a profession. Perhaps it’s time to consider teaching a Sunday school class.
This week I’d like to encourage you to reflect on your spiritual gifts. Do you know what gifts you’ve been given? Are you using them for God’s glory? Are you willing to stretch yourself a little to try something new with your gifts?
Come to the porch and let us know how your gifts are evolving.