Question 5

All spiritual gifts are given to serve the Lord, edify the church, or lead people to Christ for salvation.  Some gifts that are mentioned are found in Romans 12, some are found in 1 Corinthians 12, and some are found in Ephesians 4.  In 1 Timothy 4:14, we are instructed to, “Neglect not the gift that is in thee”.  This means that we are not to be careless about the gift the Lord has given us.   We are told to ‘stir up the gift of God which is in thee’ in 2 Timothy 1:6.  We do this by using the gift the Lord has given us by taking advantage of the opportunities the Lord provides to minister to the needs of others.

It may not be necessary to know what your gift or your gifts are.  Sometimes, if we think we have a particular gift, we may limit our labors for the Lord based on that gift.  Rather, let us be ready to be used of the Lord in whatever way He wants to use us

It’s certainly true that we don’t all have the gift of being an evangelist as mentioned in Ephesians 4:11.  As a matter of fact, only one person in the Bible is ever actually called an evangelist.  See if you can find out who that is and write and tell me his name.  Although we are not all evangelists, we all have this instruction in 2 Timothy 4:5, “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”  Every person that has truly accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his or her savior can tell someone else how to be saved.  In my ministry, I quote Acts 16:31 a lot.  This is the verse that the Lord used to convict me of my sins and lead me to accept the Lord Jesus.  You can share with others how the Lord led you to salvation and in doing that, you are doing the work of an evangelist.