What to Do When You’re Jealous of Other People’s Spiritual Gifts

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I have a good friend who felt called to go to an internship in New Orleans. Part of what she does there is share the Good News of Jesus Christ to non-Christians on Bourbon Street, of all places. She is a great person for this because she is skilled at seeking opportunities to build relationships with non-Christians and knowing how to present the gospel in a way that strangers will best receive it in their current stage of life.

My friend has the gift of evangelism. I, however, do not. I have always marveled at her skill as she shared stories about her encounters. I’m a natural introvert. I am good at sharing the gospel with those I know well, but not as much with strangers. I’m not skilled at sparking up conversations with new people, let alone telling them about something as important as salvation. It used to make me feel like I lacked something in my Christian walk. God commands all of us to share the Good News, just as he tells us to have faith, give of our resources, and show others mercy, for instance. All of these are examples of spiritual gifts. God does, many times, push for us to work outside our comfort zone, and while we each should strive to excel in these areas, we should do so knowing that for some it comes easier, and that area is where God uses them the best. Some of my gifts are teaching, encouragement, and discernment. God may not call me to share the gospel on Bourbon Street as he does my friend, but he has a purpose for me here.

God, in his infinite creativity and wisdom, has given us unique gifts. He knows where you will do your best work for his kingdom because this is where he has gifted you. Knowing we were intentionally given spiritual gifts from God, we can be encouraged to live out God’s unique purpose for our lives.


1 Corinthians 12:4-6

4There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. 5There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. 6God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.


God didn’t make us carbon copies of one another. He made us unique in his image. Differing gifts are evidence that God works differently through all of us. Our spiritual gifts may be different, but they are with the same goal and from the same God.


Have you ever felt you were pursuing something that did not line up with your God-given gifts? Was it difficult for you to navigate and acclimate?


Where are your gifts being utilized right now? Where might they be used?


Have you ever felt discouraged, or even envious of others’ gifts?


How can you change your mindset and become motivated to use your skillset?



Dear God, thank you for the gifts you have given me. It is such a beautiful thing that you have given us unique gifts, thinking of where you plan to use us for the good of your kingdom. Thank you for the purpose that this gives us. While I know you will pull me out of my comfort zone at times, please teach me to focus on and utilize the gifts you have given me for your glory.


This post was written by Ashlee Grosjean. Ashlee loves anything arts-related, and really enjoys writing for the LivingItOut. She is married and has a little girl and boy.

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  1. Eric Morris
    Eric Morris says:

    A great book for those who want to explore spiritual gifts in more depth is The Holy Spirit by Billy Graham. I am currently teaching my Facebook friends from this book.

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