Go where your gifts are; there you will find God.
Apart from many useful and practical reasons for discerning your gifts, the most profound reason is simply that your gifts are the place where God is closest to you in your life. Go where your gifts are and you will be closer to the source of those gifts – God. Can’t find God in your life? Chances are you haven’t found your true gifts either. And.
Since gifts are always given for a purpose, finding your gifts will also put you closer to God’s purpose for your life.
What is the meaning of life? Find your gifts; use them for the purposes to which God has given them to you; and questions of meaning, purpose and identity will resolve themselves as you discern, use and deepen your gifts.
This site provides 4 resources to help you discern your Spirit Given Gifts:
- A Questionnaire;
- Descriptions of 22 Gifts;
- Suggestions for further exploration of your Gifts; and,
- Posts below with additional comments and clarifications.
Thanks to Greg Fetzer the Spirit Given Gifts Questionnaire is on-line. The results are automatically calculated for you. You can then print these and/or email them to yourself or your gifts cousellor. Greg is the pastor of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Cockeysville, Maryland. You can access the online questionnaire by clicking here.
Check the left-hand side bar for descriptions of each of the 22 Spirit Given Gifts. Each description gives:
- Scriptural References lists a few key Biblical passages related to this Gift.
- Biblical Models names some people who illustrate this Gift.
- People with this gift can ... lists some of the things people with Gift typically are good at.
- Cautions points out difficulties people with this Gift should watch for.
- Personal Traits describes characteristics of people with this Gift.
- Tips for nurturing this gift offers some suggestions for developing this Gift.
- Possible Tasks suggests ministries where this Gift might be used.
- Not to be confused with the responsibility of all Christians to ... points out that Christians without this Gift must still exercise responsibility in this area.
The Questionnaire is only the beginning of exploring your Gifts.
Talking with others who know you well and / or your Minister or Gifts Counselor will help as well. It will help to explore:
- the differences between related Gifts;
- your personal traits and stage of life;
- Gifts that have been unused; etc.