Remember, the Greek word for “gifts” is charisma or root word charis, which means grace? So, all spiritual gifts are charismatic because the Holy Spirit gives them according to His own pleasure and grace. We don’t get to decide who gets what and when, He does! There’s controversy within the church over some of the gifts which have been categorized as charismatic, such as speaking in tongues, prophecy, miracles, healing, and interpretation of tongues. Other more ministry-focused gifts such as pastor, evangelist, teacher, service, exhortation, giving, leadership, mercy, and administration are widely accepted by all believers. The controversy is due in part to spiritual gifts sometimes being misused or exercised in the power of the flesh. The gift and the person who’s received it should never be glorified, only the One who gave it. God’s Word gives clear guidelines about His gifts, and they are not for our own use, gain, or determination, but for the building up of others in the church as He guides and directs.
Read: Ephesians 4:7, 11-13; 1 Corinthians 12:8-11; Romans 12:6
Written for the Cove Church- In the Zone series www.covechurch.org