At. St. Andrews-Covenant Presbyterian Church, we prepare our people to use, with love and passion, the strengths God gave them.
“From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.” Ephesians 4:16
A spiritual gift is a glimpse of God implanted by the Holy Spirit in each of our hearts for the purpose of His ministry in the world.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul tells us that each person is given something by the Holy Spirit that shows God in the world for the purpose of making it better. He goes on to explain in Ephesians 4:11-13 that God prepares us with these gifts for “works of service” in order that we attain “the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.” And in 1 Peter 2:5,9 we find that we are part of a “holy priesthood” of believers, each with our own role to play.
A spiritual gift, as opposed to a natural talent, is a special energy or ability that is divinely inspired. A spiritually gifted person will find that they are unusually effective in this area, that they spend more time doing it than other things, and that they actually gain energy when they are engaged in actions related to their spiritual gift.
We are all called to be obedient (John 14:21) to Christ’s commands but spiritual gifts take us beyond the normal responsibilities of following Jesus. God’s power is revealed when we are using our spiritual gifts. We gain a sense of energy and the world around us is restored “on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Those who are able to link their spiritual gifts, natural talents and their personality traits may discover a calling or an area of ministry they are especially passionate about. This may occur inside the church, in the community, or in the world.
Perhaps you are a teacher helping children with special needs? Are you a carpenter or an electrician who can restore brokenness? Could you be a professional who can give services to those in need? Are you gifted in the arts or music and can interpret God’s love for others? Are you a gifted administrator who can bring a committee to full activity? Caregiver? Helper? Encourager? Can you pray?
What is your ministry? At SACPC, every member has one!