The Myths concerning the Gifts
Myth 4) Greater gifts reflect greater spirituality.
At times, Christians can have the perception that those who possess the “greater” gifts also possess a greater spiritual walk with God. This perception is just not true. As we have seen, God alone determines which gifts are given, and He does this according to how He sees fit – in harmony with His purpose and plan for each individual (and for the good of the entire Body of believers). The gifts are purposeful in nature – not a “reward” for spirituality, or a “badge of honor” reflecting a greater personal status with God.
The Scriptural principle we must understand is that the “greater” gifts come with greater responsibility. Jesus told us as much:
The greater gifts come with a greater accountability, in proportion to the call that rests on those individuals’ lives. As the parable of the talents (Matthew 25) teaches us, each individual believer will be called into account for how they put their gift(s) into practice.
Those who receive “greater” gifts must show fruitfulness in accord with the magnitude of their gift. The issue with God is always faithfulness with what you have been given… and not the possession of the gift itself.
The gifts of the Spirit are meant to afford us all the opportunity to reflect God’s character and nature in a particular way, in accord with His calling upon our lives. They are never meant as a reflection of our status in Him.