Your Spiritual Gift + How It Relates to Your Purpose
So you want to be planted in your purpose huh? You're ready to live a more fulfilling life doing what you were actually called to do. Well, you've come to the right place. On this blog we are all about helping other people discover their purpose and find what they are truly passionate about.
A few months ago, I randomly came across a blog post about spiritual gifts and I was interested in discovering my own. So I took this spiritual gifts assessment and these were my results.
At the time, I really had no idea what to do with the results. So I just saved them to my computer and never looked at them again. Now months later, after God has begun to reveal my purpose and calling to me, I see that it lines up with my results from the spiritual gifts test. I believe that my life purpose is to help other people, especially young women like myself, discover their purpose and live more positive, powerful, and purposeful lives. As you can see, my top three spiritual gifts are teaching, exhortation, and prophecy. Leadership and service are tied at number four.
Below I've defined each gift and also left some careers and life paths that you could take to fulfill your purpose. Of course, your true purpose will be revealed to you by God when you are ready, but I think your spiritual gifts at least give you a good idea of the direction you should go in. So let's take a look at each gift:
Prophecy is the gift of speaking the message of God (or to speak something into existence before it happens) to His people. The gift of prophecy can also be used to convict people of sin. 1 Corinthians 14:3 says, "But the one who prophesies speaks to people for their strengthening, encouraging and comfort." 2 Peter 1:21 says, "For prophecy never had its origin in the human will, but prophets, though human, spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit."
If you have the gift of prophecy, you might go down the path of outreach or public speaking.
The gift of service, or helping, refers to any action done to fill a need or close a gap. In Acts 6:1-7, we find seven men with the gift of service, chosen to wait tables and distribute food so that the disciples could continue to minister to people without distraction. Those with a gift of service can be most likely be found behind the scenes, making sure that things are always going smoothly.
If you have the gift of service, you might go into hospitality or other service related careers such as nursing or working for a nonprofit.
Teaching is instructing others and communicating information for true understanding and growth. All of us have had a teacher at some point, whether it be in elementary, middle, or high school, or at Sunday school in church. Teachers are necessary because they help to break down information so that it is easier to digest. Teaching is an important gift because teachers deliver a lot of knowledge and it is expected that the information be correct and useful. Luke 6:40 says, "The student is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like their teacher."
If you have the gift of teaching, you might teach in schools, in different groups in church, or you could even write or create teaching materials for others to use. You might also find it rewarding to home-school your children.
exhortation (or encouragement)
To exhort is to strongly encourage or urge (someone) to do something. It is giving words of encouragement, comfort, consolation, and counsel to help someone be all that God wants them to be. 2 Timothy 4:2 says, "Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." If you have the gift of exhortation, you might be told often how wise you are or that you always know the right thing to say. Your job as someone with this gift is to give biblical perspective on people's situations and giving them solutions that align with God's Word.
If you have the gift of exhortation, you might become a counselor, psychologist, public speaker, or life coach.
If you have the gift of giving, you know exactly what it means to be a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, "Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver." If you have the gift of giving, you share whatever resources you have freely and without expecting anything in return. You enjoy meeting the needs of others and can be seen as extremely generous. Those with the gift of giving know that God can use the little or the lot that you have.
If you have the gift of giving, you might be blessed with a high paying job so that you can be in the position to bless other people. Or you might find yourself with enough money for you and your family, but you often try to scrape together money to feed the homeless or help others in need.
Leadership is giving direction to the body of Christ with care and diligence in order to accomplish the goals of the kingdom. Those with the gift of leadership are extremely important because people will look to you for direction and understanding. They will expect you to know what to do in hard times. 1 Timothy 3:1-5 says, "Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task. Now the overseer is to be above reproach, faithful to his wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not given to drunkenness, not violent bu gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. he must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him, and he must do so in a manner worthy of full respect. (If anyone does not know how to manage his own family, how can he take care of God's church?)"
Leaders take many shapes and forms. You could be a pastor of a church, administrator in schools, or CEO of a company. You could also just excel at being the leader of your own household, and making important decisions for your family.
If you have the gift of mercy, you often sympathize with those who are suffering, whether physically, mentally, or emotionally. You try to provide relief with compassionate words or acts of kindness. Those with the gift of mercy likely to first to carry someone else's burden or mourn with those who mourn.
If you have the gift of mercy, you might work in or visit nursing homes or hospitals frequently. You might visit those in homeless shelters and donate in whatever way you can, even if its with a simple conversation.
God has placed a gift down on the inside of each one of us to be used to glorify Him and grow His kingdom. You and your gift are an important piece of the body of Christ. The English Standard Version of Ephesians 4:16 says, "from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love." Romans 12:4-6a says, "Just as each of us has one body with many members, and not all members have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to us." Your gift is necessary and important for you to know! It will often give you a backstage pass to look at how you will be planted in your purpose.