I signed up for the spiritual gifts training at church. This was my first time in a long time to attend training as a participant, so I was excited; and it was also the first church activity that I’m attending aside from the regular Sunday service.
I had to stay at the office for a few hours because if I went home, I wouldn’t wake up on time. I spent that time researching about spiritual gifts but all the stuff I read didn’t make sense to me. Maybe because I was sleepy. So I went to Regis.
When I got there, there were already a handful of people. I signed up at the reception area and found that there were also attendees from different sites. After a few minutes, I started to see some familiar faces.
We didn’t start until a few minutes after 9am, so in some parts I felt the pastors were already rushing. But I still was able to follow what they were discussing and what were in the handouts.
Every one of us actually has our own set of spiritual gifts, and it is coming from the Holy Spirit. These gifts help us know what ministry of the church we can best serve. There may also be other uses for these gifts but this was what I understood the most.
Another important thing to remember about these gifts is that God, in the person of the Holy Spirit, is actively working on these gifts with us. There are 28 spiritual gifts and our competency level on each will vary. There was a test that we had to take, and my results as the top three were: 1.Faith, 2. Writing and Teaching (a tie). I think that’s kinda accurate.
That was the more objective side of the training that I could remember at this time. The other things that I will discuss next are very Paulo Coelho-esque in nature.
There was a part in the training that I did not expect. Okay, I was half-expecting for some application but not this kind.
There was a part of the discussion about discerning God’s voice when we try to see/hear/feel what He wants to tell us during quiet time, prayer, etc. There was a difference between the voice inside my head coming from me, and the voice by the Holy Spirit.
The first activity was about listening to what God wanted to tell me. It was hard. Time was not enough for me to know what I should write on the paper given to us. After finally clearing my head and asking, “What do you want to tell me?” I finally heard it. It was a voice different from mine, and I had an eerie feeling in my head like I was floating. Then I wrote down what I heard.
The next activity was about knowing if we were able to see, hear or feel for another person. It was weird, well, not in a bad way. I remember the chapter in “By the River Piedra I Sat down and Wept” where the heroine was surrounded by believers in an indistinct language. That happened. Only those present could attest to it. I didn’t understand it; I wasn’t able to speak it. (The gift of tongues was in my bottom 5) We had to look for a partner and ask God what He wanted us to see for that person. The results were unbelievable. I ended up crying, because I couldn’t believe it was really happening. All the while I thought he wouldn’t say anything to me, you know. I wasn’t the purest in that group; I just had to believe that He would show me I could.
Prophetic praying was next. Wow, right? My friends would’ve raised their eyebrows if they heard this. This has got to be the most amazing thing that day. All we needed to do was to get a partner, pray for a bit and ask Him what we should be praying for that person. This time I kinda realized I was visual, what with being a visual learner, I guess that had some connection. I had a different partner for this and he prayed for my travels, which has kept me on my toes recently. I haven’t finalized any of my next trips yet, so I’m really thankful for that prayer. It’s awesome what pictures being shown in my head would mean to another person.
After the training, some church peeps ate at Yellow Cab. Yeah, Charlie Chan for me and one member bought food from Serenitea. Yummy tofu!
When I got home, I just slept. I didn’t have enough energy to do anything else.