(By Kim)

Every child of God is ordained with unique gifts given by the Holy Spirit for common good and primarily to benefit the body of Christ. (1 Corinthians 12: 7-11). May be you are gifted to exhort, teach, lead worship, serve or intercede – whatever it is, once you know your area of gifting or calling it’s important that you constantly grow in it. Jesus, in the parable of talents (Mathew 25:14-30) mentions that we would be held accountable for what has been given to us. Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy saying, “Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you” (2 Timothy 1:6). The gift is in us, but the onus is on us to stir it up for God’s glory.

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Here are three simple ways to stir up your gifts:

1. Specific meditation
Study the word of God and meditate specifically upon every scripture that speaks of your area of gifting. For instance, if you are ordained for the prophetic, study the old and new testament and underline and meditate upon every prophesy. Ask questions: Why is it given? What were the circumstances? What does God want to teach me here? Or suppose your calling is in the area of worship, pick up a Bible concordance and jot down every scripture that speaks of praise and worship and meditate upon it. As you chew His word, Holy Spirit will reveal more insights to you.

Nowadays it’s very easy to get a theme-based Bible. These carry additional insights and titbits on a particular theme, which are very helpful. Like for instance, one of my areas of ministry is encouragement and that’s how I purchased an NIV Encouragement Bible by Zondervan which has helped me immensely.

2.  Learn from the men of God
Elijah was one of the most renowned prophets in Israel’s history mentioned in the Bible and Elisha was his protégé.  Elisha wanted to carry on the ministry of Elijah and he knew that he would have to stay close to him to learn all that he could. I enjoy the fact that three times Elijah tried to send Elisha away when the Lord was about to take him, but Elisha would hear nothing of it and that’s how he managed to receive Elijah’s mantle of anointing in double portion.

Lesson? Passionately follow the lives of Spirit-filled ministers of God with common grounds of gifting as yours. You can connect with them through their teaching tapes, books etc. Learn their good lessons in ministry and avoid their mistakes. This is one of the ways in which anointing flows.

3.  Get into action
The best way to develop your gift is to use it by faith. If you don’t exercise your gifting, you will see yourself becoming weaker in that area. Be bold to act upon what the Holy Spirit impresses upon your heart- be it in the church or outside. For God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power, love and sound mind (2 Timothy1:7). As you humbly yield to the Holy Spirit, you will continue to grow stronger in your gifting.

These are some of the basic pointers to help you grow in your gifting. Any other points that you can add? Also for more information in this area, questions or doubts, you can revert to us through the comment section below.

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