I have never liked “Spiritual gift assessment” tests. Every one I’ve ever seen has seemed to be a way to compartmentalize the working of the Holy Spirit to best suit a church or denomination’s needs and beliefs.
This article just confirms what I already felt–that they were developed not to enhance the Holy Spirit’s activity, but to combat activity and theology counter to those developing them.
The first spiritual gift test was developed by people educated at Dallas Theological Seminary, a house that had a longstanding tradition of barring entry to anyone willing to admit having ever spoken in tongues. All other tests, including Wagner’s, were copycats of that original test–which was nothing more than a copy of a Myers-Briggs test.
The best way to discover your spiritual gifts is not to take a test, but to learn how to commune with the Holy Spirit. He is the one who gives all the gifts from prophecy to helps, not a 126-question survey. Paul tells us to ask for the spiritual gifts we want, especially prophecy (1 Corinthians 14).
You don’t have a “gift-mix.” You have a Holy Spirit. He will give you as much as He wants and as much as you ask for, so please, ask for more.
Please read the linked article for the background I’m referring to here.
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