I have taken many kinds of strength profiles, and career assessment tools over the years. There are two that stand out. The first is the one I took through the high school. The results of that assessment is what stood out. It provided job and career ideas related to the category one fit within. I remember this because one of the job suggestions was Mineralogist. In the entire school the assessment put me in a minority personality and I was the only one with that recommendation. I did not even know how to get into this field or what it would involve. It is certainly not something that any high school person I knew wanted to grow up to be.
We Don’t Even Know Who We Are
The second profile test that I remember was in college. The pastor of my church was taking the smaller Wednesday night crowed through a biblically based spiritual gifts assessment and to my surprise “teacher” was on the top of the list. At that time teacher was the last job that made up my passions. I showed the results to the pastor. He needed to see these results because I broke the test. He rightfully pointed out that maybe I did not know myself. The science behind tests like these can be informative about our personality and what we might be good at and bad at in life. Both of those tests were not wrong in their suggestions even if I was unaware of my own self at that time. We all have gifts and skills the question is to what end will we use these gifts?
Why Do We Want a Certain Gift?
In some Church cultures, there is a powerful desire to speak in tongues or speak prophecy. These miraculous type gifts are elevated to a high standing and become a mark of someone who has attained significant favor from God. While these gifts are included in the Biblical narrative and may be true in contemporary society the real question I want to know is to what end are these gifts sought and used? Paul clearly states that the Holy Spirit gives gifts for the good of the Body of Christ so that the Church will be equipped to carry out God’s will.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7 ESV
Power is Never the Reason
Whatever gifts the Spirit has given whoever God has created an individual to be then in turn Christians must not be proud about that strength and one should not seek visible gifts for status or control. Just a few lines later Paul gets specific to warn the Corinthians about the role of these gifts.
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3 ESV
How Does God Get the Glory?
Those who are saved and part of the body have a purpose in the Church. The Holy Spirit will gives a desire and skill to accomplish that roll. These gifts work together to accomplish God’s plans. When people attempt to use them in the strength of man or for a selfish purpose then how does God get the glory for what is accomplished? Lecrae in his song Chase That speaks of the worst type of sin and that is the sin of selfish ambition while claiming to do it for God.
[the Devil] lies to us all, told Adam he could ball “why you following God when you can go get it all?” I tell you what’s better, or better yet worse. chasing your own glory while doing the Lord’s work, so holla if it hurts, but we were made for greater our greatest satisfaction is making His name famous
Love God and Love People
The mark of someone serving God is Love. They have a love for God and a love for their fellow man.
So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love 1 Corinthians 13:13 ESV
Love Makes the Gift Useful
Love makes the gift useful. God’s purpose requires we serve with faith, hope, and love. Do you love God? Harder than that do you love others more than yourself? If so then go and obey what God has placed on your heart for His Glory.
Thank you for reading. I pray this was helpful to your personal devotional or small group Bible study.