Spiritual Gifts Checkup

Are you using your spiritual gifts well?

When we approach a spiritual gifts test, most of us are eager to know what our gift might be. And if we really understand what the Holy Spirit is doing in us, we recognize He’s endowing us with the grace to serve the church. But if we’re not careful, we can use our gifts in selfish, fallen ways. How do we know if we’re operating in a healthy or unhealthy manner? Use this quick guide to help you assess.

 
PROPHECY

Healthy: Courageous, winsome truth-telling

Unhealthy: Arrogant, divisive condemnation

Questions to Ask: Do I pray for the right timing and tone to speak up—in person, online, or written form? Or am I argumentative in unhelpful and unedifying ways toward the body of Christ?

 
SERVICE

Healthy: Selfless, eager assistance on behalf of others

Unhealthy: Attention-seeking martyr making

Questions to Ask: Do I find joy in coming alongside others, freely offering help? Or do I take on too many tasks and complain that I get too little credit for my labor?

 
GENEROSITY

Healthy: Openhanded giving that invests in the kingdom

Unhealthy: Subtle control that funds an agenda

Questions to Ask: Do I give in a selfless manner and spread my resources liberally for the kingdom of God? Or do I expect my giving to be noticed, or to afford me power over others and the church’s direction?

 
TEACHING

Healthy: Earnest desire to point people to Jesus

Unhealthy: Fleshly desire to point people to self

Questions to Ask: When teaching, do I recognize that it’s God who works through me to bless others, and not my own genius or strength? Do I feel frustrated when spiritual leaders don’t call on me to teach?

 
ENCOURAGEMENT

Healthy: Intentional words of affirmation

Unhealthy: Self-seeking words of flattery

Questions to Ask: Before speaking to my brothers and sisters, do I thoughtfully and prayerfully consider their circumstances and needs? Or do I instead offer easy platitudes and meaningless Christian-speak to feel good about myself?

 
LEADERSHIP

Healthy: Servant-leadership that shepherds

Unhealthy: Autocratic leadership that manipulates

Questions to Ask: Do I view a leadership position as an opportunity to equip and empower others for the sake of the kingdom of God? Or do I see it as my chance to be in charge, to drive people toward my expected end?

 
COMPASSION

Healthy: Empathetic selflessness that pursues justice

Unhealthy: Self-righteous virtue signaling

Questions to Ask: Am I using my influence, my hands and feet, and my resources to help alleviate human suffering? Or do I merely want to be seen as standing on the side of justice, being vocal online or in conversations, so people know I have the right opinions about issues?

 
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