Not long after I became a first-time member of an church I was encouraged to take a spiritual gifts test. You may know those tests – the ones that force you to provide an instinctive response to various scenarios. “I can tell if a statement is true to scripture” or “I enjoy communicating the Gospel to others.” Here’s the deal, I know that I am a work-in-progress, for we all are. But it’s amazing to witness someone’s gift so vividly.
I have a close friend whose strongest spiritual gift is the gift of mercy. SpiritualGiftsTest.com describes a person with this gift as “patient and compassionate toward those who are suffering or afflicted.” In every setting my friend intently listens to the needs and concerns of others, offers comforting words and creates a general sense of peace. She has so much compassion that she has chosen to incorporate her natural capability into her profession.
I have often asked myself and God where that leaves the rest of us, the in-betweens. There are those of us with various spiritual gifts, in varying stages of development. In the end, I have confidence in knowing that God makes me strong. Ephesians 6:10 encourages us to “…be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].” [AMP]
If you serve Celebration, you are a spiritual leader. Regardless of your role in the ministry, you help to expand God’s kingdom through the salvation, healing and equipping of women. I’m excited to share that at the 2015 annual conference Lisa Mayhugh will speak about spiritual gifts. I pray that the attendees take the opportunity to reflect on how they might become more God-depending and a stronger spiritual leader. How will you embrace your spiritual leadership gift in 2015?