What are Talents and Gifts?
What does the Bible say about Talents and Spiritual Gifts?
Although they are very similar, the terms have small, and important, differences. According to the dictionary, the word “gift” means a gift, a benefit and a natural endowment. The noun 'talent' means a disposition and an ability.
What is the difference between Talents and Gifts?
A talent is the result of something that already comes in your genetics or training in something. A spiritual gift is the result of the power of the Holy Ghost working through you. For example, you never studied a certain language, but you are speaking that language fluently by the spiritual gift that God gave you.
What are gifts and talents for?
Before doing anything, in any area of life, I like to seek a purpose for it. Follow my reasoning: you can buy a watch, but what use would it be if you left it in a drawer? Likewise, you must know the purpose of the gifts and talents given to us by God. These gifts that are entrusted to our hands are not toys. Much less possessions that we obtained for some merit or for being super-special Christians. They are tools given into our hands to help in the work of the Kingdom of God.
1 Peter 4:10-11: Let each one exercise the gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering the grace of God in its multiple forms. If someone speaks, do it as one who transmits the word of God. If anyone serves, let him do so with the strength that God provides, so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.
What are the spiritual gifts mentioned in the Holy Bible?
There are three lists of spiritual gifts in the Bible (Rom. 12, 1 Cor. 12 and Eph. 4). In my opinion, the most detailed is that reported by Paul to the Corinthians. Which quotes the gifts of:
Word of Wisdom: It is the ability that the Holy Spirit gives a person to offer wise advice based on the Word of God;
Word of knowledge: It is the ability that the Holy Spirit gives to a person to have special knowledge about a situation or someone;
Ability to prophesy: It does not necessarily consist in predicting a future situation, but in uttering a special message from the Holy Spirit;
Faith: It does not refer to the usual faith that every Christian should have regarding salvation. But it is a supernatural ability given by the Holy Spirit to fully trust God in any situation;
Healing: As the name itself says, it is the ability that the Holy Spirit gives someone to pray for healing and heal a person;
Operation of miracles: It is the gift that the Holy Spirit gives to someone to show supernatural situations;
Discernment about spirits: It is the discernment that the Holy Spirit gives to someone so that he knows when a message comes directly from God or from a deceiver;
Variety of tongues: refers to spiritual language. Which the Spirit gives us for our own edification;
Interpretation of tongues: Refers to the ability to understand the meaning of different languages. The only way to build up the church through praying in tongues is if there is also an interpreter.