I recently took a spiritual gifts assessment. I was reluctant to spend the time because I have taken these before and the results are always the same: 1) Teaching, 2) Leadership, 3) Administration. But it had been about 10 years since I last took one, so I decided to take it, just in case something changed.
1 Corinthians 12:4-11 is just one place where the Bible explains these spiritual gifts, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, …”
As I was reading the results of the assessment, I was a bit complacent because I knew that I knew what the results would be and there it was: 1) Teaching, 2) Leadership, 3) Wisdom. What? Wait a minute that cannot be what it said! It said “Wisdom”! Wisdom, really? Where did that come from where did Administration go? Wisdom is just for those my senior, right? Then God started revealing things to me. First, it has been a long time since I last evaluated the spiritual gifts He put in me—that means my age begins with a 5 instead of a 4 and I now qualify to join AARP—so technically I am a senior. I’ve had the blessing of joining the grandparent club—one beautiful grandson and another grandson coming this summer! Since retiring from the Air Force (ironically about 10 years ago) I have had a myriad of experiences—but the best part of that is the diverse people I have met and interacted with. And I only have to go to the barber shop to see the gray hairs fall to the floor. So, wisdom? Okay, maybe in my human definition, I qualify to have it—but the question is, what do I do with it?
I am smart enough to know if God gives you a gift He wants you to use the gift to glorify Him and serve others. I am also smart enough to know where to go for the answer. James 3:17 says “But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.”
This convicts me that to use the gift of wisdom I must engage with others providing them comfort and perhaps even guidance as they go through this life journey. It’s not about being in my office doing research—which I contend is important—but rather taking that knowledge into the world and sharing it in a considerate and merciful way. Wisdom is about taking what the Lord is blessing me with and sharing it with others. I am praying for God to reveal where and how He wants me to serve—I pray you do the same.