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Identifying Your Spiritual Gift

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By Justin Johnson

True spiritual gifts are clearly manifested. Here are a few relevant criteria to identify what kind of gift is in you.

Are you emotional and insecure about your salvation?
You have the gift of tongues.

Do you want to tell people how to live and think?
You have the gift of prophecy.

Are you lazy and destined for great things?
You have the gift of working miracles.

Do you want to talk in church, but are not a good public speaker?
You have the gift of tongues.

Are you outgoing and have an ego at least twice as big as your hair?
You have the gift of healing.

Are you shy and quiet but still attend a Pentecostal charismatic church?
You have the gift of faith.

Are you able to feel the Spirit moving inside you? (The rumble is louder if you fast.)
You have the gift of tongues.

Have you been looking for your gift in the church longer than 5 years and can’t seem to manifest it?
You have the gift of helps.

Can you write movie reviews separating the good from the bad wizards in Harry Potter?
You have the gift of discerning spirits.

Have you made money writing books?
You have the gift of knowledge.

Has this list not identified your gift yet?
You have the gift of tongues.

Can you collect money from people who have already claimed their own gifts?
Congratulations! You are ordained an apostle.

Have you won awards for your singing in large churches and want to glorify God by a music album with your name on it?
You have the privilege of serving God by being America’s next Idol. You are God’s gift to the entire country!

Now, someone with the gift of skepticism may speak up and declare that there are only nine gifts in 1 Cor 12:7-11, and none of them have anything to do with American Idol, but they are wrong.

How do you think American Idol judge Steve Tyler knows how to identify the best Christian singers except by this gift?

“… to another the interpretation of tongues…” – 1 Cor 12:10

Want More?

Paul does say that there is something more excellent than any of the spiritual gifts (1 Cor 12:31; 13:13; charity).

Then again, in order to exhibit charity none of the previous selfish criteria for the gifts can exist.

“Charity envieth not…
[Charity] is not puffed up,
[Charity] doth not behave itself unseemly,
[Charity] seeketh not her own,
[Charity] rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth” – 1 Cor 13:4-6

Maybe next season.

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Learn more about the real nature of the spiritual gifts in our verse by verse study of 1 Corinthians 12 starting with lesson 31 and 32.

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Published: May 5, 2012
Last Modified: October 14, 2013
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