12*6 of the Book of Romans – Use Your Gifts

By lan Warner

English Standard Version 

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

King James Version

Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

Breakdown of Romans 12*6-8

These verses are clearly speaking to the importance of using our gifts. Everything given to us is a gift from God and we should find ways to use them to build his Kingdom. The verse specifically focuses on the following gifts:

  • Teaching
  • Exhortation
  • Service
  • Prophecy
  • Generosity
  • Leadership

It’s important to note that these are not all of the spiritual gifts. There are others like healing, interpretation, tounges, and many more. The point is the same though. If you recognize you have a spiritual gift, you need to use that gift to build the body.

The purpose of the gifts is not for our own glorification. For example, we don’t teach so that we can look good or gain something from it. We teach so that Jesus Christ can get all of the glory. The same is true for every other gift that you have. Use your gifts to glorify his name.


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