My thoughts have progressed over the years from…
- “Spiritual Gifts” given only after our conversion or coming to an age where we understood the Christian faith.
- “Spiritual Gift” becomes “Anything” (ability) used in a way to build up God’s Kingdom and bless his church.
- The Holy Spirit calls and places us into “various ministries” that build up the community that he has formed.”
Kenneth Berding has influenced me here and I believe we have misunderstood the Greek terms used by Paul and translated them badly as “spiritual gifts”. I have come to believe that when we talk about “spiritual gifts” that it simply leads to pride and that instead we should concentrate on the ministries and opportunities that God has given us.