Often we think of spiritual gifts in terms of ministry within the Church. But,
1) There are ways to serve the Church remotely.
2) There are ways to serve the community.
No Biblical Qualifications Limiting the Use of Spiritual Gifts to Inside or Outside the Church Building Walls
Look at the qualifications for using spiritual gifts in Romans 12:6-8.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Notice the absence of “where” the gifts can be used.
The emphasis, instead, is on using your gifts:
- if it is serving then serve
- if it is teaching then teach
- if it is to encourage, then give encouragement …
And, we find qualifications on the way you use your gifts:
- If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith;
- if it is giving, then give generously;
- if it is to lead, do it diligently;
- if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
The key? — Use your spiritual gift(s) and do so with the right heart attitude.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. (1 Pet. 4:10)
Upcoming posts will provide some ideas for how to use your spiritual gifts outside the church building walls. In the meantime, check out these resources:
- online teaching: About Spiritual Gifts
- download: Everybody Has a Part: Getting a Grip on Spiritual Gifts
- download: Finding Your Best Fit in Ministry
- online assessment: Spiritual Gifts Test