Every Christian possesses a spiritual gift and for some, multiple gifts. The biblical perspective of spiritual gifts project that God in His sovereign will has gifted each believer with the ability to administrate ministry to others in the power of the Holy Spirit enabling believers to exemplify the Lord Jesus Christ who came not to be ministered unto... but to minister to others (Matthew 20:28).
Spiritual Gifts are presented in scripture as a means of provoking good works and spiritual soundness within the Body of Christ for the glory of God. Note the following...
Faith (1 Cor. 12:9) Demonstrating that it is by faith alone that we please God (Hebrews 11:6). Often, Christians will serve people to please people. This is dangerous and futile. Godly service always aims to please God when ministering to others (John 8:29).
Knowledge (1 Cor. 12:8) The gift of knowledge is essential to ministering to others. Knowing what to say makes for effective ministry.
Wisdom (1 Cor. 12:8) The ability to take knowledge and exact it in a manner that will produce results.
Discernment (1 Cor. 12:10) The ability to separate truth from error. Very often Satan will beguile Christians with error that stands along side truth. The Church at Galatia fell victim to this scheme.
Prophecy (Romans 12:6) This gift is applied in forth-telling; not fore-telling. With The Bible Complete, fore-telling is no longer necessary. The apostle Paul reminded Timothy that he was to preach the Word (2 Timothy 4:2). Has God called you to preach? Take the test...
Teaching (Romans 12:7)The ability to take a person from point a to point b.
Exhortation (Romans 12:8) The ability to comfort another.
Shepherding (Ephesians 4:11) The ability to protect, provide and lead. Shepherding is the role of pastoring. It is likely that pastors possess most if not all of these gifts.
Showing Mercy (Romans 12:8) The ability to exact compassion. This gift demonstrates that God would rather forgive than judge, convert and not condemn (Romans 2:4).
Helping (1 Cor. 12:28) One who sees the need, and like Christ, will act to aid without bringing attention to themselves.
Giving (Romans 12:8) The ability to impart what is necessary to accomplish a task.
Ruling (Romans 12:8) The ability to lead others to act willingly for the glory of God. They do not lord over people and programs... they lead by example.
Evangelism (Ephesians 4:11) The ability to carry a Christ filled message with a Christ-like attitude.
Governing (1 Cor. 12:28) The ability to organize for the good of others.
Hospitality (1 Peter 4:9) The ability to demonstrate the hospitable likeness of Jesus Christ. Accessible, Available, with the desire to accommodate.
As a Christian grows in their relationship with Christ, they will find themselves increasingly compelled to serve others in the likeness of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. We are instructed to use our spiritual gifts for the benefit of the body of Christ. The key to knowing and applying your spiritual gift is a sound study of God's Word and prayer along with godly counsel.