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KNOWLEDGE VS WISDOM
I love to circle, highlight, tab and post-it note everything I come across. Maybe you’re a life long learner like myself. You love knowledge and you can’t get enough of it. You want to learn how to do new skills and figure things out on your own, while you peruse the DIY and self-help sections of your local bookstore.
In retaining new information, I’ve gotten really good at organization. If I want my kids to learn how to clean their rooms, I label bins, draw out diagrams and give rewards. My kids think everyone else is working on their behavior and learning new skills at home using charts, printables and checklists.
I have to shake my head at myself when my son has friends over and thinks we need to set up different stations around the house for activities. In training him to be excited about learning new skills, I may have gone a little overboard and have to remind my kids that it’s also fun to be spontaneous!
I like to think I have a lot of knowledge to pass on to others because of all the research I am constantly doing. I love to read, write, watch movies, create, explore–I love to learn. I’ve acquired a whole lot of knowledge, but what’s much harder to acquire is wisdom.
Knowledge is attained by studying, asking questions and searching for answers. Wisdom is from experience: using (or not using) advice you’ve been given, overcoming difficult circumstances, or putting your knowledge into practice.
I do have a few areas of my life where I think I’m qualified to give out some wisdom because of the things I’ve experienced. For example: struggling as a new mom, dealing with health issues, coping with worry and anxiety, and tips for working on your marriage.
WHAT ARE YOU GIFTED IN?
Throughout the New Testament, writers mention the concept of Spiritual Gifts. The Bible says that we are all gifted. We each have unique spiritual gifts to be used in unique, personalized ways.
“Each man has his own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that.” 1 Corinthians 7:7
We live in such a celebrity-run society that many of us think all the talents lie within other people, but not ourselves. Or perhaps you know what your talent is, you just don’t know how to use it. In either case, I encourage you to take a Free Spiritual Gifts Test because it can tell you what your gifts are and how to use to them.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit…different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in men. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
WHAT QUALIFIES AS A SPIRITUAL GIFT?
Spiritual Gifts are based off the following verses:
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve…teaching, let him teach…encouraging, let him encourage…contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously…leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.”
- Showing Mercy
1 CORINTHIANS 12: 8-10
“To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.”
- Miraculous powers
- Distinguishing between spirits
- Speaking in different kinds of tongues
- Interpretation of tongues
1 CORINTHIANS 12:28
“And in the church God has appointed first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, also those having gifts of healing, those able to help others, those with gifts of administration, and those speaking in different kinds of tongues.”
- Workers of miracles
- Speaking in different kinds of tongues
“It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers.”
I’M NOT A PREACHER, HOW WILL MY GIFT MATTER?
Your life is with purpose, and as a result, God wants you to enjoy what you do, not be burdened by it. He gives you these gifts so that you can seize the opportunities in front of you to make a difference in the lives of others. You don’t have to be a teacher or a public speaker to help others.
During the time I was bedridden, so many people helped and encouraged me. People all over the country prayed for me, brought us meals, text me daily encouragement, sent cards, donated money to help us pay our medical bills, recommended books to read and sent uplifting music to listen to.
As a result, each one of these people made a difference in my life and my family’s. Many of them didn’t even know me that well, however, they blessed me with their unique spiritual gift.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Matthew 25:35-36
HOW CAN I USE MY GIFTS?
Hospitality, giving, teaching, encouraging, leading, organizing, praying, serving, helping others, showing mercy and compassion, having a strong faith, discernment—these are gifts! How can you help serve others using your talents? For example:
- Donate money to charity
- Volunteer somewhere
- Pray for sick and suffering
- Babysit for friend or neighbor
- Encourage someone going through a hard time
- Help clean for someone who is sick or elderly
- Bring someone a meal
- Host a get together to meet your neighbors
“Each one of you should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.” 1 Peter 4:10
BEFORE YOU GO…
I am so excited that you’ve followed me in this series on the Bible. Catch up on the rest of the series here:
- Choosing a Bible
- Old Testament Timeline
- New Testament Timeline
- 5 Ways Jesus Practiced Self-Care
- Creating a Bible Note-Taking System
- How to Navigate the Bible
- Tips for Memorizing Scripture
- 10 Spiritual Goals
If you can identify your spiritual gifts, then you will be able to be more intentional in using them!
You’ve got this!