Youth, discovery and spiritual gifts: Discovered (Part 5)


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Assisting Youth to discover their spiritual gifts and enrolling them to serve in: Introduction (Part 1)

The youth of the church aren’t just a nice to have, Friday night special, future generation. They’re intricately connected and so must be active participants of any healthy thriving body. Click image to enlarge.

Article after article on the internet regarding the discovery of your and others spiritual giftedness points to 100 question tests. Answer 5 questions correctly in this bracket and you’re gifted to give, 3 answers in another bracket and you’re gifted to teach. I’m certain that’s not how it works.

The gifts are most likely recognised through service. Consider briefly Paul’s words to the Corinthians, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord.” [emphasis added] (1 Cor 12:5 – 6) As discussed previously there’s an assortment of spiritual gifts but it is clear from Scripture that there is also a diversity of ministry areas.

As such the primary testing ground for where a believer’s giftedness lies should be service. As one serves one’s giftedness will bubble to the surface. In this context consider Paul’s encouragement to Romans regarding how they should serve, “Since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, each of us is to exercise them accordingly: if prophecy, according to the proportion of his faith; if service, in his serving; or he who teaches, in his teaching; or he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.” (Rom 12:6 – 8) Paul’s point is that the gifts should be utilised within the sphere of matched service and edification of the saints to the glory of God.

Youth might require a bit more guidance and oversight than other more spiritually mature members of the body but there is no difference in the importance of their contribution to the health and growth of the body.

So what’s the answer? The youth need to be mobilised. They have to be encouraged to serve and shepherded that their giftedness might be recognised, developed and utilised to the good of the entire church to God’s praise and glory! Amen!

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