A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. (1 Corinthians 12:7)

Those quirky Internet tests can be fun to take. Answer a few questions, and you learn which superhero or character from a popular movie you best resemble, or which country best fits your personality. People take these tests and then post on social media: “I got Batman!” “I’m Napoleon!” “I should live in Shangri-La!”

Sometimes we treat spiritual gifts in the same way. We fill out a spiritual inventory sheet and discover: “I’m a teacher!” “I have the gift of administration!” As we discover our spiritual gifts, however, it’s important that the focus doesn’t become only a picture of ourselves.

That was a challenge in Corinth. Look at their list of spiritual gifts: wisdom, special knowledge, great faith, healing, miracles, prophecy, discerning spirits, speaking in tongues, and interpreting tongues (1 Corinthians 12:8-10). They’re sensational gifts that called attention to the person who had them.

Paul warned the Corinthians that these spectacular gifts proved nothing, as demons inspired pagan worshipers to do similar things. Such impressive demonstrations had led the Corinthians to serve “speechless idols,” but now that they followed Jesus they should know better (1 Corinthians 12:1-3). They should realize that God had gifted them not to feel good about themselves, but to serve others (1 Corinthians 12:7).

The same Spirit who joined you to Jesus has gifted you to serve His body. God “has put each part just where he wants it” (1 Corinthians 12:18). You and your gifts are needed, right where you are. How can you discover your gifts? Try things. Ask others what they think you do well. But don’t obsess about it. You’ve been gifted to help others (1 Corinthians 12:7), so submit to the Holy Spirit’s leading and serve. No prior testing required!

This passage first appeared on http://www.ourdailyjourney.org/

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