Uncovering your purpose through your spiritual gifts
In my first lesson, I shared why your spiritual gifts should be a top priority in your life. One of those reasons is that your gifts help you discover and act upon your life's purpose.
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
So let's do a quick exercise to define your purpose (or to clarify it if you already know).
Now, at this point, you may not know what your gift is. But how you respond to the following statements could point you in the right direction.
I want you to fill each statement out. Do not skip any of them, even though you may be tempted to.
1. My purpose is to take initiative and reach new people by .... so that ...
2. My purpose is to proclaim truth and apply tough love by ... so that ...
3. My purpose is to invite, gather, and excite people about the Gospel by ... so they may....
4. My purpose is to coach, counsel, and instruct people by ... so that ...
5. My purpose is to care for, show kindness and mercy on people by ... so they may....
If you are fortunate, one (or more) may resonate. But it will take work to persevere.
I constructed each statement based on one of the Five Fold spiritual gifts. Why?
Because it stands to reason that in our gifts we fulfill the purpose God planned for us.
Let's see how I tried to fill it out (but don't read it until you've done yours!)
1. My purpose is to take initiative and reach new people by creating content so that people learn about their gifts and apply it for the growth of the church.
2. My purpose is to proclaim the truth and apply tough love by calling out spiritual laziness so that people can overcome barriers to using their spiritual gifts.
3. My purpose is to invite, gather and excite people about the Good News by reminding people that the greatest gift is salvation through Christ so that they can fulfill their purpose.
4. My purpose is to coach, counsel, and instruct people by creating accessible, interactive courses so that they learn and change.
5. My purpose is to care for, show kindness and mercy on people by investing in and encouraging their hopes and dreams so they may seek first the Kingdom and live fruitful lives through their gifts.
What did I learn from this?
Statements 1 and 2 really were the strongest and easiest, followed by 4. In this case, it's a strong hint (or confirmation) my gifts are Apostle, Prophesy, and Teaching.
Taking the time to write out statement 3 and 5 helped me to get clarity on areas I don't often articulate, but are in the end important to me.
For example, I typically don't see myself as a Shepherd. But when it comes to how people use their gifts, I do care deeply about everyone I teach.
And while teaching gifts does not directly proclaim the Gospel, that we are saved by grace alone is the center of all my teaching. That there is no point in learning one's gifts or discovering one's purpose if one doesn't base it in Christ as our savior.