Have You Taken A Spiritual Gifts Assessment?Jan 31, 2020
A spiritual gifts assessment was given to me at church last week, and I was cautious about taking it. I decided to read scripture that backed up this idea of a “spiritual gifts assessment” and eventually felt led by God to respond with an open mind and an open heart, ready and willing to learn and grow. I wrote briefly about spiritual gifts in an older post here but I want to dive deeper today, so that you can understand more about your spiritual gifts.
Here are the scriptures I meditated on before taking the spiritual gifts assessment:
1 Peter 4:10
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you.
Romans 12: 6-8
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
1 Corinthians 12:1
Now concerning spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be uninformed.
Sometimes I confuse skill sets with spiritual gifts. However, after carefully examining my spiritual gifts assessment results, I realized that these rare gifts are not learned behaviors or perfected skills. These gifts are pre-existing things God placed inside of me (and you) to use for his glory.
For instance, the spiritual gift of “ADMINISTRATION” was not a high scoring spiritual gift for me. (I got a 9 out of 15). Sure, I’ve learned the skill of administration over time, but if I serve in the church or community in an administrative role, I would be taking the place of someone else better suited for the job at hand. Someone who God gave a 15 out of 15! Plus, I would also feel unfulfilled and outside of my wheelhouse.
I made the below spiritual gifts assessment for you. Print these out or grab a notebook and a pen or pin them for later tonight. Take the assessment at a snail’s pace, thoughtfully reading each word, and being authentic. Do not fluff or lie to yourself to try to shift your results. You need to know which spiritual gifts you do not have and which ones you do have.
At the end of each sentence, write a number (1= almost never, 2= seldom, 3= sometimes, 4= frequently, 5= almost always).
Now that you’ve written 66 numbers, you can move on to…
Group your first three sentence scores together to get a totaled number (it will be somewhere between 3 and 15).
Here’s an example:
- I like organizing services and events. 3
- I am passionate about managing details. 2
- Creating a task list is easy and enjoyable to me. 4
My total = 9.
Do this for every group of three sentences (in order down the list) until you’re done. You should have 22 totaled numbers.
Let’s figure out your spiritual gifts (look at the ones you scored a 14 or 15):
The first three sentences = the gift of ADMINISTRATION
The next three sentences = the gift of APOSTLESHIP
The next three sentences = the gift of CRAFTSMANSHIP
The next three sentences = the gift of EVANGELISM
The next three sentences = the gift of EXHORTATION
The next three sentences = the gift of FAITH
The next three sentences = the gift of GIVING
The next three sentences = the gift of HEALING
The next three sentences = the gift of HELPS
The next three sentences = the gift of HOSPITALITY
The next three sentences = the gift of INTERCESSION
The next three sentences = the gift of KNOWLEDGE
The next three sentences = the gift of LEADERSHIP
The next three sentences = the gift of MERCY
The next three sentences = the gift of MIRACLES
The next three sentences = the gift of MISSIONARY
The next three sentences = the gift of MUSIC / WORSHIP
The next three sentences = the gift of PASTOR / SHEPHERD
The next three sentences = the gift of PROPHECY
The next three sentences = the gift of SERVICE
The next three sentences = the gift of TEACHING
The last three sentences = the gift of WISDOM
Learn about your gifts!
ADMINISTRATION = the divine strength or ability to organize multiple tasks and groups of people to accomplish these tasks. Luke 14:28-30, Acts 6:1-7, 1 Corinthians 12:28
APOSTLESHIP = the divine strength or ability to pioneer new churches and ministries through planting, overseeing, and training. Acts 15:22-35, 1 Corinthians 12:28, 2 Corinthians 12:12, Galatians 2:7-10, Eph. 4:11-14
CRAFTSMANSHIP = the divine strength or ability to plan, build, and work with your hands in construction environments to accomplish multiple ministry applications. Exodus 30:22, 31:3-11, 2 Chronicles 34:9-13, Acts 18:2-3
EVANGELISM = the divine strength or ability to help non-Christians take the necessary steps to becoming a born again Christian. Acts 8:5-6, Acts 8:26-40, Acts 14:21, Acts 21:8, Ephesians 4:11-14
EXHORTATION = the divine strength or ability to encourage others through the written or spoken word and Biblical truth. Acts 14:22, Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 4:13, Hebrews 10:24-25
FAITH = the divine strength or ability to believe in God for unseen supernatural results in every arena of life. Acts 11:22-24, Romans 4:18-21, 1 Corinthians 12:9, Hebrews 11
GIVING = 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. Mark 12:41-44, Romans 12:8, 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, 9:2-7
HEALING = 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 and mental illnesses. Acts 3:1-10, Acts 9:32-35, Acts 28:7-10, 1 Corinthians 12:9, 28
HELPS = the divine strength or ability to work in a supportive role for the accomplishment of tasks in Christian ministry. Mark 15:40-41, Acts 9:36, Romans 16:1-2, 1 Corinthians 12:28
HOSPITALITY = the divine strength or ability to create warm, welcoming environments for others in places such as your home, office, or church. Acts 16:14-15, Romans 12:13, Romans 16:23, Hebrews 13:1-2, 1 Peter 4:9
INTERCESSION = the divine strength or ability to stand in the gap in prayer for someone, something, or someplace believing for profound results. Hebrews 7:25, Colossians 1:9-12, Colossians 4:12-13, James 5:14-16
KNOWLEDGE = the divine strength or ability to bring clarity and to understand situations and circumstances often accompanied by a word from God. Acts 5:1-11, 1 Corinthians 12:8, Colossians 2:2-3
LEADERSHIP = the divine strength or ability to influence people at their level while directing and focusing them on the big picture, vision, or idea. Romans 12:8, 1 Timothy 3:1-13, 1 Timothy 5:17, Hebrews 13:17
MERCY = the divine strength or ability to feel empathy and to care for those who are hurting in any way. Matthew 9:35-36, Mark 9:41, Romans 12:8, 1 Thessalonians 5:14
MIRACLES = the divine strength or ability to alter the natural outcomes of life in a supernatural way through prayer, faith, and divine direction. Acts 9:36-42, 19:11-12, 20:7-12, Romans 15:18-19, 1 Corinthians 12:10, 28
MISSIONARY = the divine strength or ability to reach others outside of your culture and nationality; while in most cases living in that culture or nation. Acts 8:4, Acts 13:2-3, Acts 22:21, Romans 10:15
MUSIC / WORSHIP = the divine strength or ability to sing, dance, or play an instrument primarily for the purpose of helping others worship God. Deuteronomy 31:22, 1 Samuel 16:16, 1 Chronicles 16:41-42, 2 Chronicles 5:12-13, 34:12, Psalm 150
PASTOR / SHEPHERD = the divine strength or ability to care for the personal needs of others by nurturing and mending life issues. John 10:1-18, Ephesians 4:11-14, 1 Timothy 3:1-7, 1 Peter 5:1-3
PROPHECY = the divine strength or ability to boldly speak and bring clarity to scriptural and doctrinal truth, in some cases foretelling God’s plan. Acts 2:37-40, Acts 7:51-53, Acts 26:24-29, 1 Corinthians 14:1-4, 1 Thessalonians 1:5
SERVICE = the divine strength or ability to do small or great tasks in working for the overall good of the body of Christ. Acts 6:1-7, Romans 12:7, Galatians 6:10, 2 Timothy 1:16-18, Titus 3:14
TEACHING = the divine strength or ability to study and learn from scripture primarily to bring understanding and depth to other Christians. Acts 18:24-28, Acts 20:20-21, 1 Corinthians 12:28, Ephesians 4:11-14
WISDOM = the divine strength or ability to apply the truths of scripture in a practical way, producing the fruitful outcome and character of Jesus Christ. Acts 6:3, 10, 1 Corinthians 2:6-13, 1 Corinthians 12:8
Thank you for taking the assessment today, friend. It really helped me identify where and how God was trying to use me….. so I thought I would pass it along.
Let me know three of your spiritual gifts by commenting below!