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Spiritual Gifts and Your Purpose

For the past two Wednesday’s we’ve been talking about Spiritual gifts in our Youth Group. John pointed out that there are three “groupings” of gifts: Manifestations (things like prophecy, speaking in tongues, etc…), Ministry (evangelism, preaching, ect…), and Motivational. The motivational gifts are ones that everyone has at least one of. We may not have any gifts in the other 2 categories – but we are guaranteed to have at least one or more of the motivational gifts. Here they are:
Perceiver – Exhorter – Teacher – Administrator – Giver – Server – Compassion
We all filled out a very extensive questionnaire and then added up our totals to put them in a graph to see what our greatest gifts were. It was a lot of fun to see the differences in all of us and how wonderful it is because that’s what makes the body of Christ work – we’re all gifted in different areas!! We complement each other.
My top three areas were:
#1 – Compassion #2 – Giver #3 – Server
The funny thing here is that my absolute LOWEST area of gifting in administration. It’s clearly not my strength or my passion. Yet, what is my full time job? Yep, I’m an administrative assistant. Hmmmm – more to come on this next week!
My top three really didn’t surprise me much, and they were really pretty much even. They go hand in hand to me – you certainly need compassion to have a heart for giving and serving. This just seems to be woven into who I am. I’ve always been a little more sensitive than most, and that isn’t always a good thing. I was in 5th grade when I learned about the Oklahoma City Bombing from my classmates who saw it on the news. I left my classroom crying and the school nurse had to call my mom. I sat in the car with her for a long time crying and expressing my hurt over it. It’s the only memory I have of her praying with me and it’s very special to me. When I was a senior in High School and the twin towers fell, my mom called my teacher to check on me – knowing I would be devastated. She thought I might not be able to make it through the day. I did, but I’ve struggled with night terrors for the past 9 years. I can’t watch documentaries or read books about it. I internalize things too much. I feel others pain personally. It can be a hard cross to bear, but God has made me this way for a reason. I can’t see the need of others around the world then pray for them and move on. There is no moving on for me. I can’t do it! I have to help – I have to DO something. For a long time I had no idea what to do with all these feelings. I didn’t quite know who I was supposed to be and what my purpose here is… but slowly, day by day, God is showing me.
He made us all for a reason – He has a plan and purpose for all of us …
“In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will.”
Ephesians  1:11
What do you think your top 3 would be?

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