Five common mistakes when it comes to spiritual gifts

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As important as spiritual gifts are to your own maturity in Christ, as well as the unity of the church, mistakes abound.

So don't make these common mistakes!

#1: Not Investing versus Making a priority

At this moment, unlike so many other people, you are NOT making this mistake.

Why? Because you are reading Scriptures and teaching specifically about spiritual gifts.

The vast majority of people, however, don't spend the time in the first place.

Making it a conscious priority makes a difference.

The real trick is this: what happens to you after reading this post?

Does this desire just disappear? Sadly, for most people, they don't press on toward the goal to win the prize of God's heavenly calling in Christ Jesus.

#2: Going it all alone versus engaging with a community

Because spiritual gifts aren't integrated into most churches, those who do express interest (like yourself) end up doing it alone.

Perhaps you relate?

You read books, websites, and emails on your own.

Nothing wrong with taking initiative. I did! And I am grateful that you have.

But as I learned...doing it in isolation can be more frustrating than fruitful.

While doing something is better than doing nothing when it comes to developing your gifts, going it alone can be tough. 

Going alone means you have no people who can help shape and encourage you.

Going alone could mean you are more misunderstood because others are blind to the value of the gifts. So even if you are operating in your gift through the Spirit, some people may still not recognize or appreciate it.

To not make this mistake, make sure you are part of a community of people who all care about spiritual gifts, both theirs and yours!

#3:  Applying your gifts in a limited scope versus Applying across all areas of life

The over-spiritualization of the gifts greatly hinders the growth of the gifts throughout the body as they were intended.

Sometimes people imagine gifts are solely part of the fringe and supernatural.

Sometimes people believe the gifts are only available as part of an "office." 

As a result, people often look only to how they have been gifted in very, narrow terms. 

However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ.

Your gift can show up outside of church: in your life purpose, your marriage, your parenting, your finances, you brokenness, your leadership, even your work.

As you embark on this journey, make sure that you are learning and acting upon your gifts in all these different areas. Make sure you seek out applications of your gifts in the major areas of life.

#4:Looking inward versus Looking upward and outward

Most people start out by looking within themselves to figure out their gifts.

It's totally natural. But also can lead one nowhere.

The answers aren't within ourselves since the spiritual gifts have been given to us.

The direction you want in your approach is to look to Christ for his purpose in your life, for his character, and for his commands.

Teaching that builds on that foundation is critical to set you on the right path.

Similarly, the ability to recognize the gifts in others will sharpen your own gifts. If you focus only on yourself and miss the way different gifts play out with others, your own gifts will suffer. 

#5: Knowing one's gift versus Doing something with one's gift

Knowing versus Doing.

Does this seem too obvious?

I hope for you, it is!

From my experience, most people focus on the "knowing" part. Not so much on doing anything once they know.

I don't blame them. Unfortunately, that's the way most teaching tends to be on this topic.

What do you need to overcome this? A teaching bias towards action, not just knowledge.

How you take action is critical in discovering your gifts. 

Just as important, it will be what leads to a fruitful life.

Sadly, far too many people fail to take action, even when they know their gift. To me, that is far sadder than one who simply didn't know.

So make sure that, as you learn, you are biased towards taking action. 

So the five things to incorporate into your life to grow your spiritual gifts:

  • Ensure you make it a priority (you have to make it a priority to take it)
  • Engage in a community -- by definition, all fellow students are that community
  • I teach how the gifts can address key areas such as marriage, leadership, even procrastination!
  • We always go back to the source of truth -- Christ and his Word; with a focus on how we treat others.
  • Lastly, we have a bias for action (do something -- and tell us you did something!)

Here's my question for this lesson:

What are you going to do about pursuing your gifts that's different from the five mistakes listed above?

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