As I continue to research the Spiritual Gifts, I realize one cannot all of a sudden pop up and profess that they have a gift. Granted you may have a rudimentary possibility of a gift but it must be developed with guidance from your pastors and group leaders far more versed in the gifts for them to be fully utilized or recognized. Mentoring here is the key. Of course if that is not a viable option, naturally research in books may be an alternative but not the best way.
The evaluation test I offered in part two will get you going but it is only a suggestion of where your gifts may be. I took the Wagner test and the one from the enclosed web site. This way You will know where to place your energy and time. Chances are , You may have scored high in several areas of gifts or only 1 or 2. That is fine as it means you can concentrate more of your time in those 1 or 2 areas. Here is one that might interest you.
This is Kari Jobe a worship leader that has become nationally known. Certainly has the worship gift don't you think?
Well, all know that the pastor of the church is gifted as a pastor for most churches. If they are not good at it they don't last. Then you have the gift of healing. Sorry but I have yet to see any one heal any one in modern times unless they are a Doctor. One of the lost miracles in time. However, there are many gifts that we as lay people can certainly become proficient in. Service comes to mind. This covers a large spectrum of services you can be a part of in any church. A position of a greeter and usher is the first person a new attendee sees as they enter the church. How well you welcome them and make them feel important is not an easy task. It takes some one with a deep feeling for their fellow persons. Naturally a person with a bad attitude and mad is not the first one you want to see as you enter the church. What really turns me of in a greeter is they stand there in a stoic pose and hand out fliers with out even a smile. Boy am I in a toxic church!
If the church has a snack bar or coffee shop you may serve snacks or coffee to the attendees. It is always great to see a smiling face brewing up some sweet smelling coffee or handing out snacks as well as a good conversation and welcoming you. Actually there are several areas in the service you can learn to be very proficient. Just depends on the size of the church. Me personally I love to meet new faces as a greeter. It is the best time to find new attendees before and after the services or celebrations.
One gift that probably might be upsetting to some believers is speaking in tongues and interpreting the tongues. For this to be valid one must be present to interpret what is being said. Usually it is in Latin or old Hebrew and influenced by the Holy Spirit, but I have experienced a few which only can be discerned as bable by most. However, we can only discern that they are speaking in a language that only they or the Holy Spirit can understand. Prayer leaders and discerning of the spirit. I have seen some that are quite perceptive of a persons coming forward for prayers and can give them a great deal of relief and peace. One or two have (that I studied) been able to perceive a crisis and bring it out that the one in distress has hidden for years in their sub conscious. Now that is some heavy stuff for a layperson. Certainly a real spiritual gift.
One gift is administration that is found in most that are highly organized and has a lot of attention to detail in running an operation. This is a behind the scenes type of person that keeps the church running like clockwork. My favorite is Evangelist. This can be a lay person or one in a high position in the church with a high degree of passion in spreading the word of God. One is driven with a high amount of energy and purpose in winning souls to Christ. Often gives a sermon in the absence of the pastor or leads a revival. A revival is some thing I miss as it is not found much in the churches any more that I visited. I can remember the Southern Baptist churches from years past this was a yearly staple at least twice a year and I dearly miss them.
There are more that I will cover at a later time. Believe me. There is so much more and it is an exciting journey to learn of these wonderful gifts that can help you in service to the Lord God almighty.