What’s On Your List?
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: Peter 4:10
I sometimes wish I could go back and raise my children again. I have so many things I wish I’d thought of sooner. This is one of them. This year, let’s put one of God’s gifts on our wishlist… His hand-crafted gift to us and to each of our children!
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. Psalms 139:13-16
God build the most special and unique gifts into our children, and into each of us. If you can see specific gifts that God has build in your child…think of the effect you might have on them if you wrapped up a gift marked inside with a ‘discernment’, ‘teaching’, ‘giving’, or ‘mercy’ in it. What if you included a note that shares how you see this special gift growing in them? (Here is the spiritual gifts list from my favorite spiritual gifts test that I use on my website.)
Administration: The gift of administration is the divine strength or ability to organize multiple tasks and groups of people to accomplish these tasks. Biblical References: Luke 14:28-30; Acts 6:1-7; 1 Corinthians 12:28
Apostleship: The gift of apostleship is the divine strength or ability to pioneer new churches and ministries through planting, overseeing, and training. Biblical References: Acts 15:22-35; 1 Corinthians 12:28; 2 Corinthians 12:12; Galatians 2:7-10; Ephesians 4:11-14
Craftsmanship: The gift of craftsmanship is the divine strength or ability to plan, build, and work with your hands in construction environments to accomplish multiple ministry applications. Biblical References: Exodus 30:22, 31:3-11; 2 Chronicles 34:9-13; Acts 18:2-3
Discernment: The gift of discernment is the divine strength or ability to spiritually identify falsehood, to distinguish between right and wrong motives and the spiritual forces at work in situations. Biblical References: Matthew 16:21-23; Acts 5:
Evangelism: The gift of evangelism is the divine strength or ability to help non-Christians take the necessary steps to becoming a born-again Christian. Biblical References: Acts 8:5-6, 8:26-40, 14:21, 21:8; Ephesians 4:11-14
Exhortation: The gift of exhortation is the divine strength or ability to strengthen, comfort or urge others to action through the written or spoken word and Biblical truth. Biblical References: Acts 14:22; Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 4:13; Hebrews 10:24-25
Faith: The gift of faith is the divine strength or ability to believe in God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of life. Biblical References: Acts 11:22-24; Romans 4:18-21; 1 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 11
Giving: The gift of giving is the divine strength or ability to produce wealth and to give by tithes and offerings for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God on earth. Biblical References: Mark 12:41-44; Romans 12:8; 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:2-7 65
Healing: The gift of healing is the divine strength or ability to act as an intermediary in faith, prayer, and by the laying-on of hands for the healing of physical, mental and spiritual sickness. Biblical References: Acts 3:1-10, 9:32-35, 28:7-10; 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28
Helps: The gift of helps is the divine strength or ability to work in a supportive role for the accomplishment of tasks in Christian ministry with the ability to often see the need before others do. Biblical References: Mark 15:40-41; Acts 9:36; Romans 16:1-2; 1 Corinthians 12:28
Hospitality: The gift of hospitality is the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for other sin places such as your home, office, or church.\ Biblical References: Acts 16:14-15; Romans 12:13, 16:23; Hebrews 13:1-2; 1 Peter 4:9
Intercession: The gift of intercession is the divine strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or someplace, believing for profound results. Biblical References: Hebrews 7:25; Colossians 1:9- 12, 4:12-13; James 5:14-16
Word of Knowledge: The gift of knowledge is the divine strength or ability to bring truth to a situation by supernatural revelation. This is often accompanied by a word from God. Biblical References: Acts 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 12:8; Colossians 2:2-3
Leadership: The gift of leadership is the divine strength or ability to influence people at their level while directing and focusing them on the big picture, vision, or idea. Biblical References: Romans 12:8; 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 5:17; Hebrews 13:17
Mercy: The gift of mercy is the divine strength or ability to feel empathy and to care for those who are hurting in any way. Biblical References: Matthew 9:35-36; Mark 9:41; Romans 12:8; 1 Thess. 5:14
Miracles: The gift of miracles is the divine strength or ability to alter the natural outcomes of life in a supernatural way through prayer, faith, and divine direction. Biblical References: Acts 9:36-42, 19:11-12, 20:7-12; Romans 15:18-19; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28
Pastor/Shepherd: The gift of pastor/shepherd is the divine strength or ability to care for the personal needs of others by nurturing and mending life issues. Biblical References: John 10:1-18; Ephesians 4:11- 14; 1 Timothy 3:1-7; 1 Peter 5:1-3
Prophecy: The gift of prophecy is the divine strength or ability to communicate God’s truth and heart in a way that calls people to a right relationship with God. Biblical References: Acts 2:37-40, 7:51-53, 26:24-29; 1 Corinthians 14:1-4; 1 Thessalonians 1:5
Service: The gift of serving is the divine strength or ability to do small or great tasks in working for the overall good of the body of Christ. Biblical References: Acts 6:1-7; Romans 12:7; Galatians 6:10; 1 Timothy 1:16-18; Titus 3:14
Teaching: The gift of teaching is the divine strength or ability to study and learn from the Scriptures primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians. Biblical References: Acts 18:24-28, 20:20-21; 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 4:11-14
Tongues (and Interpretation): The gift of tongues is the divine strength or ability to pray in a heavenly language to encourage your spirit and to commune with God. The gift of tongues is often accompanied by interpretation and should be used appropriately. Biblical References: Acts 2:1-13; 1 Corinthians 12:10, 14:1-14
Word of Wisdom: The gift of wisdom is the divine strength or ability to understand and to bring clarity to situations and circumstances often through applying the truths of Scripture in a practical way. Biblical References: Acts 6:3,10; 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 12:8
“You could get them a gift that relates to it.” If discernment is their gift, maybe then praise them and allow them new privileges within your home that would require the use of more discernment…teaching them that as they learn to use their gift wisely more—-God will grow it in the same way and gift them even more in return. You could tell them the parable of the talents from the Bible.
A Christmas gift from God would be a most special gift! Faith Infused Living…. Reaching Goals Higher!
Niccie Kliegl, CLC, RN @ nicciekliegl.com