Learning our spiritual gift(s) is a fun subject because we get to discover something about ourselves that we may not have known before.
A spiritual gift is something God has chosen specifically for you so that you can help with the advancement of the church on earth by serving and using your special ability.
We are all born with different abilities in this world and while we might not be able to figure out what those abilities are right off the bat, as we discover them we also discover our truest selves. That having been said, some people have the spiritual gift itself which is essentially a deeper connection with the Divine.
People who have ‘the gift’ are often those who are more spiritually inclined than the rest. They seek knowledge and are always willing to grow. If you want to know whether or not you have ‘the gift’, take a look at some of the more common signs below. This could explain a lot more about you than you might initially think it could.
10 Signs You Have ‘The Gift’:
1. Desire to see People Healed
You feel more strongly about healing than other people seem to do. You are hungry to see people healed by the power of God and may have had that desire for a long time.
2. Animals seem drawn to you and you to them.
Because you offer such a warm aura animals are often drawn to you. You see them as they are and know their innocence is pure. This brings the two of you together in a big way.
3. People often come to you for help or for advice.
A lot of people come to you for advice because of how easy it is to speak with you. You carry yourself in a way that makes them quick to open up. With you, it’s like anything can be said without judgment.
4. You can tell how someone is feeling even when they don’t express those feelings to you.
As a gifted person, you are able to read other people well. You know when someone is struggling and if they’re upset. It is written all over their faces and you sense it.
5. You are deeply affected by the people and world around you.
The world around you and the people in your life affect you drastically. Your energy can either be fed into or drained from you and who you surround yourself with makes that difference. While it might not sound like much, the company you keep changes you.
6. You tend to wake a lot in the middle of the night around the ‘witching hour.’
A lot of the time you find that you wake late at night around the time of the witching hour. This is because you are so connected to the other side. You are vibrating on a frequency other people don’t quite understand.
7. Your intuition is extremely powerful.
Your intuition is almost always right. It warns you when you need to be warned and is always speaking to you. You never waste time ignoring it.
8. You notice a lot of synchronicities.
In your life, there are tons and tons of meaningful coincidences that happen. It might sometimes even feel like they come one right after the other. This is because when you’re using your gift, good things happen.
9. You can almost always spot when someone is lying.
People have a hard time lying to you. You can tell when they’re not telling the truth and are quick to call them out. They know you’re able to read them like an open book.
10. When you’re emotionally charged, things seem to happen.
A lot of the time when you’re emotionally charged odd things happen. You might notice people changing, things being out of place, and so forth. This is because your energies are much more powerful than you realize.
Additionally, once we determine which gift or gifts we have, we can become a little pigeonholed within them. Just because you have the gift of teaching doesn’t mean you should be a pastor! There are multiple uses for each gift, and your mentors, friends, and church leaders can help you decide how best to use those amazing God-given skills of yours.
And you may find that your gifts change over time. For example, you might find that as you grow in your faith, you receive the gift of faith. This just happily means that you’re becoming a stronger person in Jesus and are increasingly able to talk about your faith in a confident way. But as we age, gain wisdom, have new experiences, and journey further with the Lord, we all inherently change, and therefore, so may your spiritual gifts. Think of it as God giving you a software update!
So, what are we to do when we know what our spiritual gifts are?
Once you determine which gift or gifts you have, start using them to glorify God. By using your spiritual gifts to volunteer in a ministry or around your church, you are moving the Kingdom of God forward. And that applies no matter how small the job may seem.
Find a place to serve (sometimes volunteering is referred to as “serving”) that utilizes at least one of your gifts, and you’ll be amazed at how blessed your time will be. You may notice how easy you find it; God has given you a divine gift that you are inherently good at, and it just comes naturally! You may be surprised at how much you enjoy flexing that new gift muscle too.
The best place to start is at your church; ask a leader where volunteers are needed and see what might fit for your gifting. For example, if you have the gift of mercy, a hospital or prison ministry may be the right place for you. Or if you have the gift of hospitality, greeting new people or setting up for events may be the best fit. The gift of exhortation could make you an amazing addition to a prayer ministry.
Remember that your gifts can be used in many different ways, so don’t feel like you have to do something just because it looks, on the surface, as if it’s perfect for your gifts. If an assignment isn’t filling you with joy, find an opportunity that does. Joy is a great indicator of what your gift may be; if a task makes you happy, that’s a good sign you’ve found your skill and fit.