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First of all, here is a quick explanation of a Spiritual Gift as defined by Dr. J. Robert "Bobby" Clinton:

A spiritual gift is an unique capacity given by the Holy Spirit given to each believer for service in connection with the church to cause the church to progress quantitatively, qualitatively, and organically.

Now, here are 10 Biblical reasons why it is important for you to know your gifts, understand your gifts and use your gifts for the edification of the Church.

#1. Every single believer has at least one manifestation of the Spirit (1 Cor. 12:7)

#2. God created each member of the body to do a specific task (1 Cor. 12:14-18)

#3. Our differences in the body of Christ are essential and remind us how much we need each other (1 Cor. 12: 19-20)

#4. Every member without exception is absolutely essential to the body (1 Cor. 12:22-24)

#5. We are most happy and enjoy a loving unity when each member functions properly (1 Cor. 12: 25-26, Eph. 4:16)

#6. We are not to be ignorant of our gifts (1 Cor. 12:1-6, 1 Peter 4:10)

#7. We are not to neglect our gifts (1 Tim. 4:14) but rather stir them up (2 Tim. 1:6)

#8. We are to desire strongly to have gifts that edify (1 Cor. 12:31)

#9. Once God gives a gift, it will not be recalled (Rom. 11:29)

#10. The Spirit seeks to find those things through whom He can manifest (Gen. 1:2, Num. 11:26-30, Joel 2:28-29, Acts 2:14-21).

The discussion about Spiritual Gifts in the Bible can be found in varying passages. Here is a quick summary of what each of the key passages say:

1 Corinthians 12-14

- Do not be ignorant of spiritual gifts – 12:1

- There is a diversity of gifts, but the same spirit – 12:4-6

- Gifts are for a profit for all – 12:7

- There only one body and one spirit – 12:2-26

- Love is to be the essence of the gifts and the essential quality of believers – 13:1-13

- Strive for the greater gifts – 12:31a

- Need to pursue love and spiritual gifts – 14:1

Romans 12

- We are called to be living sacrifices – 12:1

- Walk in humility – 12:3

- The reasons for humility are that we are all members in 1 body and members of one another – 12:4-5

- Lifestyle of love and service to others – 12:9-20

Ephesians 4

- Walk in unity, walk worthy of the calling – 4:1

- There is one body and one spirit – 4:4-6

- The gifts given are the “grace” (charis) given through Jesus Christ – 4:7

- Gifts were given after the death and ascension of Christ – 4:8

- The ministry belongs to the entire church, but the leadership gifts mentioned here play a very important role in the total ministry of Christ today.

- Primary reason for the gifts is for the body of Christ to be built up – 4: 12-16

- No longer operating in futility of the mind – 4:17 (compare with Rom 12:1)

1 Peter 4

- Have the same attitude of Christ’s suffering – 4:1

- Do not live for the human desires in us – 4:2-4

- Love each other – 4: 8-9

- Use gifts to serve others as a good steward – 4:10

Rom 11:29

- God’s gifts and call are irrevocable

Rom. 8:9a

– “But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit, since the Spirit of God dwells in you.” (NRSV)

Spiritual Gifts may be imparted by the laying on of hands…

2 Tim 1:6 – “…I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is within you through the laying on of my hands” (NRSV)

Acts 19:6 – “When Paul had laid his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied” (NRSV)