Which Gift Do You Wish You Had?

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Pastor Mike has been speaking about spiritual gifts and presented a midweek seminar so we could learn and discuss our gifts.

I have finally taken the time to look over the free online inventories. This spiritual gift inventory is the closet one to what CNC people used last week. It appears to have been written by the same author.

Paper (hardcopy) inventories may be bought at church, Berean bookstore or online.

These are my high score-ers (several were tied):

These are my low-scores:

I have now taken a gift inventory a total of three times in the past two weeks! One of my classes empahasized the same topic during the same time frame. We had to take two different spiritual gift tests.

I am surprised that faith and knowledge scored so highly on this test. The other two tests showed that administration and leadership were among the high scores.

No surprises regarding the low scores.

Which gifts I wish I had:

  1. Voluntary Poverty:The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to renounce material comfort and luxury and adopt a personal lifestyle equivalent to those living at the poverty level in a given society in order to serve God more effectively.”
  2. Giving: “The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to contribute their material resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness.”
  3. Intercession:The special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to pray for extended periods of time on a regular basis and see frequent and specific answers to their prayers, to a degree much greater than that which is expected of the average Christian.”

WHY?

  • I can see the extreme value of giving on a regular basis. I desire to see my church involved in evangelization, aide ministries, and keeping current with our budgetary needs. I’d like to have these first two gifts so that I would actively think about those needs (and others) and be compelled to give. I once heard (or read?) that only a small fraction (10% maybe?) tithe regularly. How much more could be accomplished if we all gave regularly?
  • I desire to not be so attached to stuff. If I had the gift of voluntary poverty, stuff would be low on the priority list of how to spend money entrusted to me. My stuff won’t make it into heaven. But maybe my example and “extreme” giving could help people see their need for Jesus and then be able to join me in Heaven.
  • We are to pray at all times because prayer is our best weapon. Sometimes I have a hard time being organized in my prayer life. There are so many needs that I get to feeling overwhelmed and sometimes just quit way too soon.

Several times I’ve had a burden to pray for someone. I’d wake up with thoughts about that person, carry those thoughts all day and go to bed with them. Once the need was over, so were those thoughts. It wasn’t anything I did; the prayer burden came from God.

If I had the gift of intercession, I would be compelled to pray in an orderly and continuous, thorough way. I know that prayer “works” and desire to see more of God’s intervening touch.

I am praying that if God doesn’t wish to give me these gifts, that at least He will help me to make the practices a higher priority in my life.

So what’s your gift? Low scores? Any surprises? Ones you wish you had?

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  • 1. doodah!  |  . at .

    My highs were teaching, wisdom, leadership, and shepherd – which didn’t suprise me, b/c those have shown up on these tests before.

    What did suprise me was that my next highest were Intercession and Discerning of Spirits instead of Administration and Hospitality. I would have never guessed that. Wierd.

    I think I wish I had mercy and helps, b/c they are humble and out of the public eye. A person can just quietly go about being merciful and helpful.

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  • 2. Lynette  |  . at .

    My 4 highs were Leadership, Adminstration,helps & service.

    My surprises were gift of faith & Apostle. Hospitality was not a surprise.

    Teaching did not come up, not sure why since I am Children’s Ministry Director.

    I wish I had gift of exhortation.

    I want to do some further study into my gifts. How to make them more useful according to the character of Jesus. How do they work with one another? Do some study on the gift of Apostle, that one really has me curious. Any thoughts, books you know of to further my study of the gifts?

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  • 3. Susan  |  . at .

    Doodah!!!!! I miss reading your blog! I am glad you shared here.

    I would have guessed hospitality too. Maybe that’s a natural gifting? Are you an E on the Meyers-Briggs inventory?

    Maybe with these gifts, Intercession and Discerning of Spirits, your next career can be “ghost-busting.” 🙂

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  • 4. Susan  |  . at .

    Lynette,

    Not too surprised about: Leadership, Adminstration,helps & service.

    Maybe teaching is a natural gift or God is having you “set” everything up before having you concentrate on teaching.???

    “Any thoughts, books you know of to further my study of the gifts?”
    Good question. I’ll have to give this a think.

    Of course Pastor Mike would be a good one to ask and so would Theresa – since she worked in a Christian bookstore.

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