The Pilgrims’ Guidebook: Spiritual gifts

I Peter 4:10,11

All Christians have special, individual spiritual gifts. These are supernatural abilities, given by God; but the responsibility for using them rests with us. We are accountable to God for how we use what He has given to us. Whatever my gift is (whether speaking on God’s behalf or helping other people), I should be using it as much as possible and to the best of my (God-given) ability – not for my own self-fulfilment, but for the benefit of others. Preachers and teachers should speak with the same care and solemnity as the prophets of old, making sure that what they say is from the Spirit and not the product of their own imaginations. Those who serve should be relying on God’s power, not their own – otherwise they will quickly ‘burn out’! For the whole object of the exercise is not to win praise for ourselves, but to bring glory to God (Matthew 5:16).

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