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About Spiritual Gifts

How can I discover my spiritual gifts?

By Dr. Charles Stanley

This is probably the most common question asked in connection with gifts. I always respond with, “What do you enjoy most about serving the Lord?” Notice, I don’t ask, “How are you serving the Lord?” I am interested in what they enjoy doing. You will look forward to the responsibilities you are given that call on you to use your gift. On the other hand, you will not be as motivated for tasks that are outside your giftedness.

When we minister to others through our gifts, we are tapping into the inexhaustible energy and motivation of God. When we exercise our gifts, the Holy Spirit works through us. We experience an extra measure of energy and joy.

Serving outside our gifts is a different story altogether. I believe this is the primary reason so many Christians get burned out on church work. Instead of finding a position where they can use their gifts, they sign up for whatever task is available. They do their best as long as they can take it, then they quit.

You can take spiritual gifts tests. But probably the best way to discover your gift is to serve in a variety of ministry situations. When you find the area that suits your gift, you will know it.


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How should I use my spiritual gifts?

By Dr. Charles Stanley

Would you like to learn to use your spiritual gift? Then you must find a place to serve. It is in the practice of your gift that you will best learn to use it. Peter wrote, “As each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” (1 Peter 4:10). The emphasis is on using our gifts to serve others, not ourselves.

Once again we are reminded that no one is a spiritual island. Our spiritual progress, as well as the progress of the whole church, hinges on our willingness to work together. What about you? Are you using your gift for the common good of the body? Are you encouraging other members of your church to use their gifts?

Peter was so convinced that God ministers directly through our gifts that he said the person who has a speaking gift should speak as if he was actually speaking for God. The one with a gift of service will serve with the strength of God. This explains a phenomenon I have seen in churches all over the country. When people serve within the context of their spiritual gifts, they seem to do so effortlessly. There is little stress. And they don’t tire easily. They emerge from their service with such excitement that they are generally ready for more. On the other hand, assign that same job description to someone who isn’t gifted for it and it becomes dreadfully stressful.

I know a man who attends a Sunday school class where they take turns teaching the lesson. He loves the Lord and loves his class, but teaching is not his gift. He dreads the Sunday he is assigned to teach. In his words, “I would rather cut a truckload of wood!” Some misinformed soul may hear a comment like that and be tempted to say, “Well, I guess he isn’t very committed!” But nothing could be farther from the truth. It’s not a question of commitment. It’s a question of giftedness.

For all of us, busyness has become the rule rather than the exception. Sunday may be the only time you can do things as a family. If you travel during the week, you may need Sunday afternoon to prepare for the following week. Other commitments may make it impossible for you to attend the midweek service at your church or serve on any committees. But these don’t excuse you from your responsibility to the body of Christ.

You have an important role, a role only you can fill. Your God-given gift may serve you well in your secular pursuits. But those must be secondary to your involvement in God’s work. It is God’s will for you to be exercising your gifts for the common good of His people. If the church you attend does not provide you with flexible opportunities to do so, find another one. But whatever you do, exercise that gift!

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  • June 15, 2014 12:13 AM


    Im praying about it
  • June 04, 2014 03:46 AM


    I so thank God for you Dr Charles Stanley for exercising your gifts for the common good of His people.
    You have impacted my life in such a way only God can explain it!
    I love you so much and for your teaching!
    You helpt me, understand, grow & praise the lord more & more every day for the wonderfull Father He is.
    You are truely a gift.

    Blessings from the Netherlands
  • February 27, 2014 06:31 AM


    Reading your articles help me a lot in my search for spiritul truth. Thank you for the knowledge about spiritual gifts, on how to use & discover it. Thank God & thank to In Touch Ministries. GOD BLESS YOU!
  • December 09, 2013 12:45 PM


    my spiritual gifts are serving others through encouragement serving senior citizens I feel are our treasures
    caring for them in anyway , it comes naturally to me i'm sure through the lords gifts hes given me I volunteer at a local hospital with oncology patients mostly seniors & I just really enjoy my time with them , even if sometimes they don't remember me ! I remember them as a stroke survivor I know what its like to be in a hospital bed not being able to move but my lord has restored me hes not done with me yet , while I can I will serve others
  • October 01, 2013 11:39 PM


    Hi, my name is Pearl. Do you have these lessons of spiritual gifts on DVD? If so, I would like to order this series and so what is the name of the series?
  • October 04, 2012 12:28 PM


    Just read through all the gifts. Awesome. I find that I identify with 3, mercy, organzation and prophecy. Thank you for this valueable teaching. David
  • September 18, 2012 11:30 AM


    Thank you so much for the series on gifts. I have prayed and asked God about my gifts and what my purpose is. I believe this has brought clarity to what my gift is and some of the frustration I face. I believe this is going to be life changing now that I have a better understand. God bless you.
  • August 12, 2012 07:17 AM


    Your sermons are such a blessing and always right on the mark! I enjoy In Touch very much. Because of your urging, I have found
    a church near me that I love. Thank You and God bless you.... Marie
  • August 10, 2012 11:18 AM


    HI I'm Sally. Thank you for taking the time learning this so that you can help all of us in our indavidual gifts...thanks again my big brother
  • April 10, 2012 04:44 PM


    I've been at my job for eight years and today I was let go because how I interact with people and for my strong sense of integrity. I whole heartily trust God to provide for me and my family but what scares me is that I was just being myself and being true to myself and God and trying to help people. I'm afraid that the next job I get will be the same way and I'll eventually be fired again because of my strong beliefs of truth and serving God. I am greatful for this ministry for helping me understand my gift and how it is such a huge part of who I am and who God made me to be. It also gives me great confidence that God is directly intervining in my life to position me in a job that will bring me joy and an opportunity to grow and make new relationships. Thank you Dr. Stanley for your commitment to serve God, you are a great blessing.
  • March 16, 2012 03:41 AM


    Thank you for disclosing the gifts on the web-site The Lord has used the pathway of gifts to help one of our family members turn their life over to Christ. Teresa from Clermont, Florida
  • November 12, 2011 07:52 AM


    I really enjoyed and appreciated Dr. Stanley's sermon series on the spritual gifts that aired several years ago. I particularly liked the comparisions of how the gifts revealed themselves when acting throught the spirit and acting in the flesh. Is that series available on DVD?
  • November 12, 2011 07:52 AM


    I really enjoyed and appreciated Dr. Stanley's sermon series on the spritual gifts that aired several years ago. I particularly liked the comparisions of how the gifts revealed themselves when acting throught the spirit and acting in the flesh. Is that series available on DVD?
  • October 26, 2011 05:26 PM


    God bless you Pastor stanley for giving me your note i have something to read in my everyday quiet time I got it in the computer where i give me encouragement in life . God bless you and the In touch Ministries. maria.
  • August 02, 2011 03:36 PM


  • August 02, 2011 02:16 PM


    Do you have a suggestion for something to study or read to come to understand my gift. Patricia
  • June 03, 2011 07:47 PM


    My name is josh I really like what I just read I enjoy what I read From your friend josh

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