Diving into part two on the gifts lets ask the question how do you know if you have any gifts? The best way to find out is take a survey. There are several surveys and test that will lead you in the right direction. A web site called Prime Time With God has a test that will get you started. Here is the website: http://www.churchgrowth.org/analysis/intro.php Another test is found in C. Peter Wagner's book called Discover your spiritual gifts. This one seems to list more gifts in the survey so you will have more to choose from. He list 27 gift categories in the survey. One gift he list is Voluntary Poverty. I can imagine the way things are going in the economic category, we might find many more people in involuntary poverty with out a choice
Let me make one thing perfectly clear. This is not a parlor game to gather up all the gifts. This is serious issues. Any one can profess to have the spiritual gifts and brag about it but do they truly have the gifts? Probably not or they have no humility. One should not exalt their selves as possessing gifts and then not know what the gifts are. The above mentioned test or surveys will give you an idea where your strong points are in the gifts list. You can use these surveys to determine where you want to experiment to see if you have the gift or gifts. Consider it a personality profile for spiritual gifts.
One may have a high score in leadership but a low score in pastoring. It means you are good at leading people or organizations in the church but you are not cut out to be a pastor of a church which is a very heavy responsibility. Another may score very high in Worship ( music) but score low in apostle. That means you would do well leading worship services ( music / singing) but may not cut it as a modern day apostle. The one thing you have to do is discuss these results with your pastor (if he is open to the gifts by the church members) or group leaders. If your church has no mentors in gifts it usually means the church has no interest in gifts at all which is sad.
Some gifts have more power ( for lack of a better word) such as healing, miracles, tongues, or discerning of spirits but all are equally important in the Body of Christ as a whole. This is a journey you should take with joy learning of where you fit in with the gifts. Don't be discouraged as it will take time to develop these gifts to their full potential. Asking for God's guidance will certainly lead you in the right direction through your journey. Should you feel uncomfortable in your testing a certain gift, that might be a cue that you are not led in that gift area. Try another one that gives you a better sense or feeling till you find the perfect fit.
The main goal of the gifts is to glorify God for what He has given us through the Holy Spirit. It is an integral part of Christianity that has only recently been rediscovered in serving the Body of Christ. Do not fear the gifts but embrace them with humility and reverence by letting the Lord lead you in their uses.
Later we will discuss more on the gifts and how they effect your faith.