For many Christians spiritual gifts seem like an optional accessory to the Christian life. Sure it would be nice to know what yours are and use them, but it’s not necessary. They seem like extra credit. But the truth could not be more different than our perception. In 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 the Apostle Paul foreshadowed the critical role that spiritual gifts play when he said, “My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power.” For the church today, it is common for Christians to rely on wise and persuasive words to try and convince others about the claims of Jesus rather than utilizing God’s power. That’s why so much of our Christian life is not making a tangible impact: it is powerless.
So what does demonstrating the Spirit’s power look like on a practical, everyday level? That is where spiritual gifts come in. In 1 Corinthians 12 and 14, Paul goes into the most exhaustive discussion about spiritual gifts we see in the New Testament. Here’s how he ties spiritual gifts into demonstrating the Spirit’s power, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Corinthians 12:7). Spiritual gifts are our primary method to demonstrate the Spirit’s power in and through our lives. That makes spiritual gifts not optional to the Christian life but absolutely necessary. With that, here are five steps to discovering and developing your spiritual gifts.