Trail Guide–Directions for the Journey of a Lifetime XIII
Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts:
Here are some resources for you:
There are a wide variety of spiritual gift discovery tools. One tool appears beginning on the next page. These tools are simply one way of determining your potential area of giftedness based on your experiences. None of these tools are without fault, and you must never take these results at face value without praying and seeking God.
In addition, you must also answer the questions on these types of surveys honestly. You cannot put down what you wish your answer would be, or hope you answer to be, but what it really is.
A Word of Caution:
Many people have found themselves facing “burn-out” because they get into an area of ministry that was never meant for them, but they are afraid to leave that position. Pressure put on them by other believers, their pastor, and even their own sense of duty, causes them to stay in a place of ministry that drains them and burdens them while they neglect the place God intends for them to serve. Choose carefully where you serve.
Books for Further Study
You Are Gifted: Your Spiritual Gifts and the Kingdom of God
By: Ken Hemphill; Published by: B & H Publishing Group in 2009
The Purpose-Driven Life
By: Rick Warren; Published by: Zondervan in 2002
Your Spiritual Gifts Can Help Your Church Grow
By: C. Peter Wagner; Published by: Gospel Light in 2001
Review: Looking back on the Fifth Step on the Trail
Have I made the Decision to become a Child of God through Faith in Jesus Christ?
If I have, then God has placed a special Gift within me that He wants to use in ministry in His Kingdom.
Scriptures to Consider:
- 1 Corinthians 12 (Whole Chapter)
- Romans 12.1-8
- 1 Peter 4.10
What things can I see myself doing in Ministry?
What needs are there in my church?
Has someone told me I would be “Perfect” for a Job?
Is there an area of service that keeps coming to mind?
Do I find spiritual fulfillment in a particular task?
(Next Part of the Journey: Inviting Others Along)