Just off the coast of Africa and Somalia, pirates have become a huge problem.  They approach ships that are passing through the area, hi-jack them by force, and then direct them to their own ports until money is paid for their return.  This has become a huge problem in the area.  Each ship’s captain and owner had plans for their own lives and for their ships but the Somali pirates aren’t concerned about what the ships were meant to do.  They use the hi-jacked vessels for their own selfish purposes and for their own selfish profit.

Sometimes Christ followers are a bit like those pirates.  I don’t mean they put on pirate costumes act like Jack Sparrow.  I believe they are like the pirates in the use of their spiritual gifts and talents that God has given them

God has given talents and gifts to ALL believers to use in growing HIS Kingdom.  Some people use their talents selfishly to only grow their own Kingdom.  They pour everything they have, including their gifts and talents, into their work, hobbies, or their own families.  (None of which is a bad thing.)  The issue is that God has given those talents and gifts for use to grow His Kingdom but they have been “Hi-Jacked” and used exclusively for selfish purposes.  With all of the commitments with work, little league, family, and “me” time, there simply isn’t any time left for being a leader at church.

Everyone that has asked Christ into their life has spiritual gifts.  Some examples of these gifts include administration, mercy, evangelism, and helping others.  It’s true that most of the spiritual gifts are very similar to talents, however, they are a bit different.  It’s like talents on spiritual steroids.  God takes the natural talents that you have and super-sizes them when you become a believer so that you can use them for Him.  Other gifts, like spiritual discernment and evangelism, are a bit different from natural talents

If you aren’t sure what you have to contribute, there are a few ways to discover your spiritual gifts.  Here are some ways to discover your spiritual gifts:

  • Diligently seek God daily, asking Him to reveal them to you.
  • Ask Christ-followers around you.
  • Study God’s Word.  (Try 1 Corinthians 12, 1 Peter 4:10, & Ephesians 4)
  • Take a spiritual gifts test like this one: http://www.firstbaptistnashville.org/resources/spiritual-gifts-inventory/
  • Think about what you are passionate about.  Sometimes your gifting is in your areas of passion.

God meant for us to use these gifts in the church.  If you aren’t using your gifts for Him, you’ve “Hi-Jacked” them from the original purpose.   You have a lot to give and the body of Christ is missing out if you aren’t using them for God’s purposes in your local body of believers.

Have you discovered your spiritual gifts?