Part of what it means to follow Jesus Christ is to discover and develop the spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit. The purpose of spiritual gifts is to glorify Jesus by testifying of Him and building up His church until He returns. A major part of this is accomplished by using our Spiritual Gifts to serve in love, and by bearing much fruit that lasts. See Romans 11:36, Colossians 1:16, Revelation 4:11, Ephesians 4:11-13, 1 Corinthians 1:7; 1 Peter 4:10; John 16:13-14 and John 15:8.
Is a talent the same as a Spiritual Gift? Well, not really. A talent is a natural ability or aptitude given by God to a person at birth. A spiritual gift is a supernatural ability given by God at rebirth. A talent can be anything from athletic ability to musical aptitude to artistic genius.
God allows a person to use his or her talents for many different purposes and in many different capacities. When it comes to spiritual gifts, God opens up the ability of a person to be used by The Lord purposely and directly in His work.
A Spiritual Gift can spring from a natural talent, or it can be a completely new ability that is “out of the ordinary” for that person. The main point is this: All talents and Spiritual Gifts come from God. He can use talents and spiritual gifts to fulfill His purposes and bring Himself glory. As a believer in Christ, you are called to use your talents and your Spiritual Gifts for the glory of God.
We have been on the lookout for any aids that would help in the discovery and enhancing of the Spiritual Gifts of our parishioners. At this time we are using one of these aids. If you would like to find out more and perhaps use this service, just call the rectory office.