To save time and to spare you from a potentially excessive post lengthwise, I will just throw these scriptures out for you to reference if you like.
1 Corinthians 12:11, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Romans 12:6-8
These are the “gift” passages. And as I was reading and studying this morning, a little graph entitled Spiritual Gift vs. Spiritual Responsiblity caught my eye and convicted my heart. I began cultivating the idea of what I want to call, “Learning to be Spiritually Responsible”.
All of us have been given gifts, severally as God wills. He is the one that worketh all in all.
But simply because there are giftings that can be readily discerned in us, it should not excuse us from the responsiblity pursuing and exercising giftings that aren’t. Did Paul not exhort us to earnestly covet the best of the gifts? He certainly did, yet he did not specify which those were. Yet somehow we’ve (I’ve) determined what is best. At this realization, I am faced with the obvious, that it is not God who has set the standard for what is “best”, but our (my) preference.
Below are the giftings that you can find in the above chapters. (I have excluded the five offices,simply because they are offices and not a “gift” in the same sense. These are much more complex.)
If you take a look at the word, it is clear that each of these, whether a “gifting” or not, can be utilized by every believer and we cannot shrug our responsiblity to that. We can and must be active participants.
(Word of Wisdom)
Romans 16:19, For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.
Ephesians 5:15, See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.
Colossians 4:5, Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.
James 1:5, If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.
(Word of Knowledge)
John 8:32, And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
1 Corinthians 1:5, That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;
1 Corinthians 15:34, Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. (This is quite convicting when you consider it because they have not because of us!)
2 Corinthians 2:14, Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. (Knowledge is manifested by us in every place.)
Colossians 1:9, For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
Colossians 1:10, That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
2 Corinthians 5:7, For we walk by faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 8:7, Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also.
Ephesians 6:16, Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
1 Timothy 6:12, Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. (We are called to actively fight…to participate with faith.)
2 Timothy 2:22, Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. (We are to follow, to pursue faith.)
(Gifts of Healing)
Matthew 10:8, Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
Mark 16:18, And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
(Healing will follow anyone who believes in His name!)
(Gift of Miracles)
Mark 16:20, And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (Where there is preaching, there is miracles. Where the Lord is working with us…miracles. As confirmation to the word…miracles. Our responsibility here is not to “perform” the miracle but to be faithful to preach, work with the Lord and say something He can confirm.)
(Gift of Prophecy)
1 Corinthians 14:31, For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted.
(Discerning of spirits)
Hebrews 5:14, But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. We can use and exercise our senses to discern.
(Helps or Supernatural ability to help.)
Galatians 5:17, For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. (We are all called to serve one another. We shouldn’t think that because there are those in place as “ministry of helps”, that we in turn shouldn’t participate in the tasks of helping.)
Romans 14:9, Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.
1 Thessalonians 5:11, Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
2 Timothy 4:2, Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
(Gift of liberal giving.)
Luke 6:36, Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Matthew 10:8, …freely ye have received, freely give.
2 Corinthians 10:13, But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. (God has distributed a measure or rule to each of us, that we may all reach someone.)
1 Timothy 1:16, However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life.