After Christ’s resurrection, He visited the disciples and said “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:18-20 NIV)”
The Greek word used here is “Exousia” which literally means delegated authority. When Jesus did this for His disciples, He was delegating the Holy Spirit’s gifts and power onto all Christians from that time on!
Fast forward to Acts chapter 2 and we read about transformational power falling on the disciples through nothing other than prayer and unity.
Paul writes a lot about the “gifts of the Spirit” and includes 9 specific gifts in 1 Corinthians. However, he also writes about gifts in Romans 12 and uses the same Greek word which is “Charisma.” To me, this means that the list in 1 Corinthians is not an exclusive list. I also believe that all these gifts are available to all Christians as long as we earnestly seek God’s wisdom.
The reason I believe this is because in 1 Corinthians 14, we read that we should “eagerly desire the gifts of the Spirit” and 2 Timothy 1:6 says to “fan into flame the gift of God.”
I believe it is up to us to seek out the gifts that God has in store through the Holy Spirit. These gifts are for the edification of the believers and I fear that many Christians are failing because they do not recognize the power that is within them (Romans 8:11)! I believe your natural passions, abilities, and desires are great clues as to which gifts God wants to use in your life. Seek God for wisdom and He will reveal His gifts to you (James 1:5)!