How to Discover Your Spiritual Gifts (and Why You Should Use Them)

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“Our spiritual gifts aren’t based on how much God loves us. Each gift is hand-picked with love to fit the calling He has for us.” —Renee Swope

During The Influence and Impact Summit, Michael Hyatt commented,

“I have a stewardship obligation to use [my talents] for the benefit of other people.” 

As a result of his increased influence, Hyatt has received emails and letters telling him he has changed their life and made it better in some way. That’s what he finds most rewarding. He feels like he’s fulfilling his purpose. He has found his “sweet spot” in life and is doing what he was created to do.

If you haven’t noticed already, I absolutely love using basketball as a metaphor to describe life so when Hyatt used “sweet spot” to describe his purpose, I HAD to add on. Basketball heavily influenced my faith and I will jump (but not very high because I don’t have a vertical) at the opportunity to compare the two!

In basketball, your “sweet spot” is the spot on the court you love to shoot from because you know you’ll make it. It’s often your go-to during a game of Horse because you know the odds of you missing are very slim.

You can shoot from that spot all day long.

The biggest mistake your opponent can make while playing defense is sagging off when you’re standing in your spot on the floor.

My “sweet spot” is the 15-footer.

I can vividly remember standing in my “sweet spot” during a playoff game against Harleton when my opponent suddenly sagged off me.

“OOPS!” is right.

I looked her in the eye, took a step back, and let it rip.

Nothing is more satisfying!

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Everyone’s “sweet spot” is different. Some “sweet spots” may be at the top of the key, others a baseline shot. It varies according to each player. However, the sense of satisfaction one feels after shooting from their “sweet spot” is one in the same.

Just as we each have a “sweet spot” on the basketball court, we each have a “sweet spot” in life…spiritual gifts!

1 Corinthians 12:1-11 says,

Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.


There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord [and] there are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.


Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a 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. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Spiritual gifts differ for every individual, but the purpose is the same: to point others towards Him.

Your “sweet spot” in life is the spiritual gifts and talents God has given you to help advance His Kingdom here on earth.

When you are a good steward of your spiritual gifts and use them for the benefit of others, nothing is more satisfying.

Your “sweet spot” gives your life meaning.

It’s part of your calling and why God created you.

It’s how He will fulfill His purposes through you.

For example, one of my spiritual gifts is exhortation (or encouragement). I feel most alive when I’m encouraging others in some way. This is my “sweet spot” in life.

Finding your “sweet spot” takes time. Your spiritual gifts may include leadership, teaching, administration, discernment, wisdom, evangelism…the list goes on! No gift or talent is better than another.

You may have one, you may have many. ALL ARE IMPORTANT AND ALL ARE NEEDED!

You will know your “sweet spot” by the satisfaction it brings when used for the benefit of others. It’s how God is going to use you to glorify Him and make disciples of Jesus Christ!

If you’re not sure what your “sweet spot” is, here is a Spiritual Gifts Test you can take! It names your top three spiritual gifts.

Be honest and be confident.

God wants to use you just as you are.

Find your “sweet spot” and then let it rip!

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