Myths About Gifts

Though spiritual gifts are greatly debated, there are a few clear truths.

Few subjects are more discussed and/or debated among Christians than the issue of "spiritual gifts." Since almost every believer has an opinion (often deeply held convictions!), this topic often tends to generate more heat than light. In such a supercharged atmosphere, wrong ideas often creep in.

While a great amount of mystery will always surround this subject, a few truths are crystal clear. Consider the following common myths about gifts (and what the Bible really says).

1. I don't have a gift!

Not true! If you are a believer in Jesus, you are indwelt by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 12:13) and He has given you at least one special ability for building up the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:7, 11).

You may not know your divine gifting, but that doesn't mean you don't have one or more abilities for serving the saints. Take a spiritual gifts inventory. Counsel with an older, wiser Christian who has watched you in ministry situations. Discerning how God has "wired" you for service is not as difficult as many believe.

What if you study the "lists" of spiritual gifts in the New Testament (Romans 12; 1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4; 1 Peter 4) and genuinely sense you lack any of those abilities? The problem may be that you have not served enough for your unique gift(s) to surface. Or, as some scholars suggest, it may be that the New Testaments passages were never meant to be exhaustive. That is, since they vary so from book to book, they were intended simply to describe the particular gifts present in certain first century congregations, not to prescribe the exact gifts that must be in every congregation through the ages.

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