Many people believe that your talents and spiritual gifts are the same but that is not true. There is a distinct difference between a talent and a spiritual gift. Basically, a talent is something you may have in your genes like something you might have inherited from your parents or you actually developed over time, a spiritual gift is something you receive from God. In this article, we will explore in a biblical sense our talents and spiritual gifts we have and how we can use them to improve our relationship with Jesus Christ and our ministry.
There are different aspects of the spiritual gifts God bestows on us. One aspect is serving God with your spiritual gifts as stated in Romans 12:3-8… 3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt with each one a measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, but all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, being many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness…. when you become a Christian you have been saved by grace from your sins, you also become a member of the body of Christ. You receive these spiritual gifts from God to serve the church of Christ as a member of the body of Christ. According to God’s grace people who use their gift of prophecy in a proportion of your faith, meaning to minister people by telling what will happen to people before it happens. Perhaps some may possess a spiritual gift to interpret dreams or have revelations of the future. A person who has the spiritual gift of exhortation serves to encourage people in the church. These are just a few examples and they all serve Christ as their living Savior.
There is another aspect and that is the unity of diversity of the spiritual gifts. This is explained by Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 12:1-11… Now concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I do not want you to be ignorant: 2 You know that[a] you were Gentiles, carried away to these dumb idols, however, you were led. 3 Therefore I make known to you that no one speaking by the Spirit of God calls Jesus accursed, and no one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit. 4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all: 8 for to one is given the word of wisdom through the Spirit, to another the word of knowledge through the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healings by the same[b] Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another discerning of spirits, to another different kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually as He wills…everyone who comes to Christ has a spiritual gift or two through His grace according to your faith serving in the body of Christ. This how churches are able to work in unity through the Holy Spirit to minister and proclaim Christ one and only savior in their lives. This is how the gospel or the good news about Christ is spread through the world. Everyone has to do their part to be on one accord. When to join the church of Christ there are so many ministries you can get in involved in. You have to pray to God and ask what my spiritual gift is.
The last aspect of our spiritual gift the unity of the body of Christ as stated in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14…12 For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. 13 For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free—and have all been made to drink into[c] one Spirit. 14 For, in fact, the body is not one member but many… as well as Corinthians 12:20-26…20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary. 23 And those members of the body which we think to be less honorable, on these we bestow greater honor; and our unpresentable parts have greater modesty, 24 but our presentable parts have no need. But God composed the body, having given greater honor to that part which lacks it, 25 that there should be no schism in the body, but that the members should have the same care for one another. 26 And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it; or if one member is honored, all the members rejoice with it… the church can’t exist without with the unity of the body of Christ. God sets us apart to do the His will in the church. The reason the body of Christ is so important is because before we came to believe in Christ we were lost in sin. Christ died on the cross for the remission of our sins. He paid our debt of sins with his life. Christ took on all the world’s sins for mankind. And Christ was the only one who could do it because He was without sin. Now we are one with Christ and in the body of Christ.
Now let’s talk about our talents. What does the bible say about talents? In the word of God the talent or talents has one meaning. That meaning of talent is referred to as a currency equal to gold or silver. The best example of talents in the bible is the parable of the talents by Jesus in Matthew 25 14-28… 14 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise, he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time, the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming, I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. Some would say that your talents are given to you by God and this may be true. It is hard to say why God makes us to the people we become sometimes. However, what does having talent in baseball, basketball, or football have to do with praising God or the body of Christ. Yes, the bible says that we are wonderfully made but do the talents we may have anything to do with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. You can use your talents as a platform to praise God and be a part of the body of Christ. An example of this would be like Tim Tebow collegiate star football player does when he talks about Christ as a motivational speaker. Another example would the late great Reggie White or Merlin Olsen NFL players who also were motivational speakers for Christ. You can also say the same for singers as well, people like Jonathan Butler, Al Green who jazz and R&B singer before in their lives but now are Gospel singers as well. The point is that God may have given all these people their talents but it was not a spiritual gift by itself.
We all have spiritual gifts especially if you proclaim Christ as your Lord and Savior. Some people have a spiritual gift to teach other the word of God, some have the spiritual gift exhortation in encouraging people by using the word of God, other may have the gift of healing in the name of Jesus Christ. No one is left out when it comes to edifying the Kingdom of God. So as Christians we have a responsibility of exploring and nurturing of spiritual gifts from God whatever they are. I submitted a gospel video related to this article. Enjoy this video. Always remember to “Keep the Faith and God Loves You and So Do I!!!”
Written by Kofi Baruti
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