Using my spiritual gifts to their fullest is important to me. In 2011, while I attended the AssistU “What’s Next” retreat with Anastacia Brice, I focused on 1 Corinthians 12:28. I was a new AssistU VA, newly baptized, and freshly renewed in my walk with Christ. I was struggling with how my faith and business might need to align.
In 2012, when I joined Northridge Church, I went through their program to learn more about myself and how I am equipped to serve. We took the DiSC profile and a Spiritual Gifts Assesment. At the time, I scored highest in Leadership, second-highest in Helps (Service), and third highest in Administration.
I have the ability to organize, plan, integrate, implement, and keep track of a multitude of tasks, responsibilities, and records. Strategic thinking, leading, managing people and projects, and staying on task are my strengths. I am even able to help others accomplish things and balance different projects and priorities. I am computer-savvy and have excellent people skills.
I learned that-
- Kubernesis is the Greek word for the spiritual gift of administration. This unique term refers to a shipmaster or captain. The literal meaning is “to steer,” or “to rule or govern.” It carries the idea of someone who guides and directs a group of people toward a goal or destination.
I joke that my yoke is to be Martha when I long to be Mary. Martha served. I, sometimes begrudgingly and as a martyr, serve. I have been diligently working on this. Trying to be Mary at the feet of Jesus and only serving when I can do so out of pure giving.
I have learned that-
- Diakonia, or “to wait tables,” or “ministry.” refers to any act of service done in genuine love for the edification of the community.
- Antilepsis is translated “helping” and is found in 1 Cor. 12:28. It has a similar meaning: to help or aid in love within the community.
This past July, as I wrestled with something in my quiet time with God, He called me to plan this post, and to re-take the Spiritual Gifts Assesment. And, a refreshing surprise awaited me.
Just as my other assessments have shifted as I have settled more into who I have been created to be (versus who I think the world wants me to be) my gifts shifted. Leadership (that High D and High I Amy that tackled so much in her 30’s) was overtaken by Faith. Praise the Lord!
My spiritual gifts of Administration and Service are still here, but Administration has moved to the top, followed by service, and Leadership (still present) dropped to 5th place. Rising above Leadership, there it was, Faith. With tears in my eyes, I praise His name, for He is the reason this has happened. I was once of such little faith. In fact, even in 2012, it was a low score for me on the assessment and in my life. I searched for the way through this life with very little faith.
Wow. This is such a God-thing. As Christians, we have all been given a saving faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) but not all of us receive this special gift of faith. I sure didn’t, for 45 years.
I learned that-
The Greek word for THIS faith is Pistis: confidence, certainty, trust, and assurance. It comes from a close relationship with Jesus. It is anchored in my trust and confidence in God that allows me to live boldly for Him and manifest that faith in mighty ways.
In Matthew 17:20, Jesus said that even a small amount of this faith could move mountains. Those with this gift expect that God will move, trust that God is sovereign and good, and we take Him at His Word. We put the full weight of our lives in His good hands and are not surprised when He answers our prayer.
What a realization. To see this faith present. I had noticed it emerging, especially this year, but until taking the assessment and seeing myself answer things differently, I had not realized how deeply He was now anchored in my heart.
I. Am. So. Grateful.
He. Is. So. Good.
Thank you, Father, for building in me this faith. Help me to share it with those who might be encouraged and in need of it. Your will be done.
It’s time to update my website. Here is the before:
Click here to see my update to this page on my website. I guess it’s time to retake DiSC… huh?
What are YOUR spiritual gifts? I would love to know!
1 Corinthians 12:28
You are Christ’s body—that’s who you are! You must never forget this. Only as you accept your part of that body does your “part” mean anything. You’re familiar with some of the parts that God has formed in his church, which is his “body”: apostles prophets teachers miracle workers healers helpers organizers those who pray in tongues. But it’s obvious by now, isn’t it, that Christ’s church is a complete Body and not a gigantic, unidimensional Part? It’s not all Apostle, not all Prophet, not all Miracle Worker, not all Healer, not all Prayer in Tongues, not all Interpreter of Tongues.