This blog is based off of a message Mark Moore presented in One11 about the gifts of the spirit. There are about 20 gifts all together that many people are naturally born with and God will foster in people. They are as follows:
Teaching, ministry, administration, evangelist, pastor, exhortation (preaching with a call for action), giving, mercy, faith, discernment, apostle, prophecy, miracles, healing, tongues, interpretation of tongues. These gifts are explained in the passages below:
1 Corinthians 12:4-10
The Old Testament references additional gifts of: counsel, musical ability, humor, and aesthetics.
God gives these gifts to people so that we all together can make up the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12 Paul explains how every gift is important and how people shouldn’t be envious of each other’s gifts. The ear shouldn’t say that I am not as beautiful as the eye therefore I no longer want to be part of the body. Each gift is important and it takes people with all of these gifts to come together for ministry. Could you imagine attending a church where everyone was called to be a pastor and no one possessed administration skills? Just because not all gifts are as prestigious in man’s eyes doesn’t mean that they are any less valuable.
I wish I had musical ability. I can’t sing to save my life, but I can write a blog and challenge people to think about things in a different way. I may never sell out a venue but I’ve reached people as far as Russia with my writing. I’m not envious of the success of other’s and I value their contributions to furthering God’s message.