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Can my spiritual gifts change over time?

And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts. 1 Corinthians 12:28-31

            There are different roles in the church—pastors, teachers, administration.  These each come with them different spiritual gifts.  While our roles can change, can we change and can our spiritual gift design change too?

            Paul said in 1 Corinthians 12:31 to “eagerly desire the greater gifts.”  Can we ask for a spiritual gift and receive it?  Why not.  God determines the spiritual gifts and distributes them to each as he has a need.  If he needs you to be spiritually gifted as your role in the body of Christ changes, he will give you what you need to accomplish it.  But if he doesn’t give you that gift, then you must recognize his authority in the matter.

            We link our spiritual gifts to our passions, feeling that the spirit ignites our interest in a particular area.  That’s the premise of a spiritual gifts test.

            Many mature believers who take spiritual gift tests say that they see their gifts changing over time.  But, most agree they stay pretty much the same.  It’s possible your spiritual gifts can change, but more than likely they will stay the same.