Listen. Each person who believes in Christ receives spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit, which are to be used to love others, serve God, strengthen the church, and tell others about Jesus. These gifts are natural abilities, things that you love to do, experiences, skills, and education that you can use in the service of God.
Just as athletes put in hours of practice to develop their natural abilities, we also have a responsibility to develop these gifts and help others develop their gifts. In Acts 18:18-28, we find a man named Apollos with wonderful gifts of public speaking and deep knowledge of the Scriptures (the Old Testament). But Apollos had something missing, he knew of John the Baptist’s teaching, but he had yet learned all that Jesus taught. Aquila and Priscilla used their hospitality and teaching gifts to develop Apollos’ spiritual gifts. Apollos went on to Corinth telling many people there that Jesus is the Messiah and building up the church.
Discussion. What are some things that you are good at and love to do that God can use to help others, build up the church, and tell people about Jesus? (Think also about your experiences [both good and bad] and skills that also can be used to help others.)
How can other followers of Jesus and the church help you develop this gift the way Aquila and Priscilla developed Apollos’ gift? (Think about mentors and also training opportunities that the church and Anchor provide.)
Set Goals. What will you do on your own to learn more about your spiritual gifts? Who will you ask to help you identify, develop, and use your spiritual gifts? How will you make time to develop and use your gifts?
- Listen to God. Sit silently in his presence; listen for his voice, submit yourself to his will for the day.
- Respond to God. Pray through the outline of the Lord’s Prayer: worship, surrender, daily needs, forgiveness, and protection.
- Bible Reading. Read the Bible as a disciple, listening to what God has to say, responding with obedience, repentance, worship, and trust, and sharing with others what you are learning.
- Praying for your five. Pray for five people in your life that God will work through the circumstances of their life so that they are open to follow Jesus. Pray for opportunities to invite them to follow Jesus with you.
- Prayer with others. Pray with spouse, family, and others.
- Discipling Friendships. Cultivate friendships with others for the purpose of following Jesus together.
- Community Worship. Join with fellow believers to receive the Gospel through the Word and communion and respond with worship and prayer.
- Participate in trainings that develop your gifts and deepen your walk as a disciple of Jesus.
- Give your time, money, and talent. Give what God has entrusted to you to love your neighbor, make disciples, and strengthen the church.
- Sabbath. Take a twenty-four hour break, where you cease from all paid and unpaid work. Connect with God, family, and friends. Rest. Play. Enjoy activities that recharge you.