As Thanksgiving approaches, it is a great time to reflect on our God-given gifts. Have you ever reflected on the spiritual gifts you have?

There are approximately 18 spiritual gifts listed in the New Testament, primarily found in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4.

According to www.churchgrowth.org/cgi-cg/gifts.cgi:

“Spiritual Gifts are tools God gives to Christians to do the work of the ministry – to fulfill the Great Commission to reach, baptize and teach and to minister to one another.  Every Christian receives at least one gift at the moment of salvation."

God created each of us with wonderful skills, abilities and talents.  The Holy Spirit helps us focus and mature the use of our gifts for building God’s kingdom from the moment we become followers of Christ.

If you are curious, here is a list of the spiritual gifts and their scriptural references from www.eleventalents.com

Administration/Ruling -  See I Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:8, Titus 1:4-5
Apostleship - See Ephesians 4:11, I Corinthians 12:28, Acts 1:21-22, I Corinthians 9:1
Discernment - See I Corinthians 12:10, Acts 5:3-6, 16:16-18, I John 4:1
Evangelism - See Ephesians 4:11, Acts 8:5-12, 26-40, 21:8, Matthew 28:18-20
Exhortation  - See Romans 12:8, Acts 11:23-24, 14:21-22, 15:32
Faith - See I Corinthians 12:9, Romans 5:1, 12:3, Hebrews 11
Giving - See Romans 12:8, Acts 4:32-37, Galatians 4:15, Philippians 4:10-18, II Corinthians 8:1-5
Healing - See I Corinthians 12:9, 28, 30, James 5:13-16
Helps/Serving/Ministering - See Romans 12:7, I Corinthians 12:28, Galatians 6:1-2
Interpretation of Tongues - See I Corinthians 12:10
Knowledge - See I Corinthians 12:8
Mercy - See Romans 12:8, Luke 10:30-37
Miracles - See I Corinthians 12:28
Pastor/Teaching - See Ephesians 4:11, I Peter 5:1-11
Prophecy - See Romans 12:6, I Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-5, 30-33, Ephesians 4:11, I Peter 1:20-21
Teaching - See Romans 12:7, Ephesians 4:11
Tongues -  See I Corinthians 12:10, 30, 14:4, 39, Acts 2:4, Acts 19:6
Wisdom - See I Corinthians 12:8, James 3:13-17.

How do these spiritual gifts compare with the fruit of the Spirit?

The Apostle Paul lists the nine fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 as “…. love, joy, peace, patience (long-suffering), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”   Fruit of the Spirit in our lives result from the personal transformation we experience each day by following Jesus.  The fruit is a revelation of the heart of God that the Holy Spirit compels us to share with the needs of our neighbor(s).  We are living unfulfilled lives if we do not experience giving and receiving this Fruit of the Spirit with each other.

If you are curious, go ahead and take at least two or more Spiritual Gift tests online and see if you find one or more repeated, God-given gifts that you confirm are special tools you use to serve others.  They are good to know when defining your calling.

Once you have discerned your calling -- whatever spiritual gifts you have -- training with Dignity Serves can inspire you to more properly engage the talents or gifts of others.

Never forget, however, that your first calling is to love and to be loved.  Through Christ we have a lot of Fruit to offer and to accept, using the spiritual gifts God gave us.  Christ is the ultimate example for us of love and dignity.

Try sharing your love today.