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Hey guys! I am honored that you would take the time to read this blog. I hope that what I have to share will be worth your time. You may ask yourself, "What's up with the title of this blog?" The title Siloam's Pool comes from John 9:7. There was a man who came to Jesus who was born blind. As Jesus and the disciples passed by the man, Jesus used this man's condition to teach an important spiritual lesson to his followers. Jesus affirmed that the man had been born blind in order that God might be honored through this man's life. Then Jesus said in a dramatic statement, "We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work. As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world." (John 9:4-5). He then told the man to go and wash in the Pool of Siloam. The name "Siloam" means "sent." The man went and washed and came back seeing. It is my hope that through this blog, that perhaps someone might see as a result of the truth that is shared here. I will do my best to honor your time. God bless!

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Determining Spiritual Gifts
October 22, 2008

     

Determining Your Spiritual Gifts with SGIs

Spiritual Gifts Inventories (SGIs) have sparked great controversy in many circles. I agree that there are benefits and problems in using these "tools" to help us understand ourselves and what our gifts are. I have no problem with using them as long as the problems with them are discussed beforehand. I remember having one given while I was in youth ministry and we all began to compare our gifts like school kids comparing who did better on a test. My fear in using these tests, however, is two-fold.

     First, I fear that by using these tests many will limit their giftedness in serving the Lord to only the gifts given in these tests. I would certainly advocate the study of the chair texts on spiritual gifts in understanding these spiritual gifts, and I agree with what many have said about the importance of understanding the Scriptures in dealing with this topic. I think that we also need to take the whole of Scripture in determining how God gifts a person to serve. For example, we find that the Holy Spirit was instrumental in gifting men to make the articles of the temple; however, temple making is not listed in the New Testament key texts. For this reason, I think that when using these tests, it is important to ask people to determine what things they are interested in as well. If someone is talented as a musician, I believe God will use that gift for His glory.

     The second fear that I have in using these tests is what I have already mentioned, the comparison of our gifts and coveting what we don't have. As I understand the context of 1 Cor. 13, it is in application to spiritual gifts, as their mention comes before and after chapter 13. The Corinthians were not exercising their gifts in love and were coveting what they did not have. When we use these SGI tests, we have the potential to create just such a situation.

     Having said this, it is also important that we not forbid them either. They are a tool, and just as a shovel can be used for good or for wacking someone upside the head (you figure out whether that is good or not), these tests can be used for good or bad. All in all, the Scriptures must be our guide and good exposition is necessary for a proper understanding of this topic.

 

God Bless!

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