When it comes to Spiritual gifts some are passionate with excitement, desiring to discover and use their gifts, while others hide for fear of being convicted to do so.
Fear is a common reason we keep our spiritual gifts in a drawer. “Remember the third servant in the parable of the talents?” The Master gave different talents to the different servants, the first one doubled the talents, the second servant did the same but when it comes to the third we read: “24 Then the one who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours’.”
Past failures, shattered dreams, regrets. These can make us fearful to use our spiritual gifts. Instead of putting our gifts to good use, we simply ignore them. We may even run away from them.
But this is not what God wants from His children. He has given each of us at least one spiritual gift, and we are to use it to honour Him, serve others, and invest in the world.
Another reason people fear spiritual gifts are they find them odd and creepy. Many people fear spiritual gifts because of a bad experience with them. Maybe you attended a church, where everyone else was falling to the ground and then everyone wanted to pray for you, but you felt nothing, but the pressure of the preachers hand upon your head and concluded this must be fake.
Maybe you visited a church which told you ‘the first sign of Spiritual gifts is speaking in tongues’ and then you stopped exploring spiritual gifts in the fear that you will be classed as a second class believer.
Often I talk to people who have had bad experiences in a charismatic church and then conclude ‘this spiritual gift thing is just strange’ and yes, sometimes it is strange to me too! Sometime the crazy old man who gave you a ‘word of knowledge’ that didn’t make sense, is just a crazy old man. But, it doesn’t mean that the spiritual gifts are strange. These are gifts given by God, for the believer, to make a difference in this world.
2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Paul gave this Scripture to Timothy right in the midst of telling him to stir up his spiritual gifts, to testify for Jesus Christ, and to share with Paul in the sufferings of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Satan doesn’t want you to use your spiritual gifts. He doesn’t want you to talk about Jesus and he doesn’t want you building up the church. He wants you to be afraid and inactive. But notice what God has given us, Power, Love and a sound mind’.
Spiritual Gifts are simply “gifts of Grace.” It literally refers to a specific favour or special gift given to a Believer (Romans 5:15; 6:23) to empower them with a special talent and/or an ability to better serve the church and glorify God, serve the community, and build personal character and maturity. (Romans 12:6-8; 1 Corinthians 7:7;12:4-7; 13: 8-13; 28-30; Ephesians 4:7-12; 1 Peter 4:10). These Gifts are not to fear but are simply gifts of love.
9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
The Father gives us good gifts, they are not something to fear.