Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you.
–1 Timothy 4:14

Romans 12 instructs us about the all-important topic of spiritual gifts. Why are spiritual gifts important? True fulfillment in life comes from using our spiritual gift.

We all desire to be a part of something meaningful, don’t we? Now, we are not looking for more activities to get involved in. Is there anybody reading these words who is looking for more activities to get involved in? No. But we do want to be a part of something that is truly meaningful. And what could be more meaningful than partnering with God to accomplish His purpose? That is why God left us here.

God not only saved us, but He selected us to join Him in His purpose of winning people to Christ and turning them into followers of Christ. That is why He has left us here on earth. That is what we have been called to do. That is our purpose.

To accomplish that purpose, God has given each of us a unique spiritual gift. A spiritual gift is the desire and the power God gives you to accomplish His purpose. Notice that our gift is not to accomplish our purpose but God’s purpose. If you have the gift of leadership, the reason God gave you the gift of leadership is not so you could organize the best chapter of the Kiwanis club in America. Of course, I am not against the Kiwanis club or any other reputable service organization, but I am saying that is not where God meant for you to exercise your gift. God meant for you to use your gift to accomplish His purpose, and that means the primary realm of exercising your spiritual gift is a local church. God has designed the church to carry out His ministry for His purpose of making disciples. Spiritual gifts are to be used within the church. That does not mean only on your church’s property, but also in your church’s ministry of going out and making disciples. That is the reason and arena for spiritual gifts. And you will never be fulfilled in life until you discover and start using your spiritual gift.

It is no accident that the word for “gift” in Greek comes from root words that mean “joy” and “grace.” The Greek word for “gift” is “charismatan.” The root word of “charismatan” is “char,” which means “joy.” And that word forms another word, “charis,” which means “grace.” All three words–gift, joy, and grace–are linked together. When the grace of God comes into your life through Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit brings a gift for you to use. And true joy in life comes when you exercise the spiritual gift that came to you from the grace of God.

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Today’s devotion is excerpted from “Discovering Your Spiritual Gift” by Dr. Robert Jeffress, 2014.

Scripture quotations are taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.