By Sara Borgstede
Remember when magazine quizzes were popular?
Quizzes in Glamour
and Cosmo Teen
had quizzes like Which Type of Best Friend Are YOU?
with questions like: When you call your best friend, do you:
- Complain about your teachers and homework.
- Talk about the lastest make-up and hair accessories.
- Make shopping plans.
- Gossip about which boys are the cutest.
Ten questions later, these quizzes guaranteed a new insights into your personality.
How Spiritual Gifts Are Like Disney Princesses
Today, we have Facebook and online quizzes that instantly give you the same gratification. If you don’t believe me, check out this link. Yes, it’s true, in a few questions you too can discover which Disney Princess matches you best!
Not only will these quizzes give you the answer to which Disney Princess you are most like, but you get to share the answer immediately on social media for everyone to review, and they too get to take the quiz.
You might think these quizzes are for kids, but plenty of adults know which Disney Princess most matches their personality.
What is it about these quizzes that appeals to us so much?
What Do You Know About Me That I Don’t?
Disney Princesses might seem a bit silly, but there is something alluring about diving deeper into our personality and perhaps discovering something about ourselves that other see yet we haven’t discovered ourselves.
Take this concept one step further and consider a personality assessment such as Meyers-Briggs or Strengths Finder. Learning more about how God created us and working smarter is using our talents wisely.
Most of us, by the time we are adults, have discovered some aspects of our personalities. We know if we are an introvert or an extrovert. We know if we work best individually or in groups.
Yet do you know your spiritual gifts and how best to use them for God’s kingdom?
What are Your Spiritual Gifts?
Now please don’t misunderstand. This is not in any way to diminish the incredible gift you have as a Christian who have been given gifts of the Holy Spirit.
Consider what is known from God’s Word about Spiritual gifts:
- Spiritual Gifts are gifts of the Holy Spirit. You cannot create them or earn them. (Ephesian 2:10)
- Spiritual Gifts are only given to Christians. (1 Corinthians 12:1-3)
- All Christians have spiritual gifts. (1 Peter 4:10, 1 Corinthians 12:11)
- Spiritual gifts are to be used to build up the church. (Romans 12:6-8)
Why would you want to take a Spiritual gifts assessment? Understanding your spiritual gifts is so much more important than anything you would learn from a simple magazine quiz or even a personality profile.
Consider this – how will you best use your Spiritual gifts if you don’t know what they are? A spiritual gifts assessment is a tool or guide to help you better define the gifts God has given you so that you can use them both inside and outside the church.
St. John has provided an excellent resource for members to better assess your spiritual gifts.
You will be guided through a step-by-step quiz which takes about 10 minutes to complete. Then you will be given a personal assessment of your spiritual gifts, along with an explanation of insightful ways to use your gifts to serve God.
The St. John staff will receive a record of your quiz to best help you find ways to use your gifts within our church. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone else.
Disney Princess tiara optional.