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|The Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire|
|Wagner, C. P. (1995). Finding your spiritual gifts Wagner-modified Houts questionnaire. Ventura, CA: Gospel Light|
Scores among all of the gifts listed ranged from 0-13. Teaching and Wisdom were suggested as my top two gifts with scores of 13 each. Knowledge and Pastor were the second runner up with scores of 12 each. Gifts that fell into the third runner up category with scores of 10 each were Discerning, Giving, Leadership, Administration, and Prophecy. All other gifts in the inventory had scores of 8 or below.
I've always known that I had a gift of Teaching in that I've
found it effortless, for the most part, to communicate information to the
health and ministry of the Body and its members in such a way that others
See Acts 18:24-28 • Acts 20:20, 21 • Rom 12:7 • I Cor 12:28 • Eph 4:11-14
Wisdom is always something I've prayed for. It is a special
ability that God gives to us to know the mind of the Holy Spirit in such a
way as to receive insight into how given knowledge may best be applied to
specific needs arising in the Body of Christ. It is the right and legitimate
use of knowledge.
See Acts 6:3, 10 • I cor 2:1-13, 12:8 • Jas 1:5, 6 • II Pet 3: 15, 16
Knowledge is the special ability given by God to discover, accumulate,
analyze and clarify information and ideas which are pertinent to the well-being
of the Body, and a skill that I've had all of my life. Even as a child I was
referred to as the Professor.
See Acts 5:1-11 • I Cor 2:14, 12:8 • II Cor 11:6 • Col 2:2, 3
Pastoring is a gift that I had no idea that I had. I've never
aspired to be a pastor due to my poor social skills and difficulty dealing
with problems of other people in the counseling arena. However, working from
the definition in the instrument, a long-term personal responsibility for
the spiritual welfare of a group of believers, there is no doubt that I have
this gift as well.
See John 10:1-18 • Ephesians 4:11-14 • I Timothy 3:1-7 • I Pet 5:1-3
The gift of Discerning of Spirits, that ability to know with
assurance whether certain behavior purported to be of God is in reality divine,
human, or Satanic, has been something I've had all my life as well. I tend
not to have problems "seeing through" a situation accurately assessing
the truth of the matter. My pastor has noted that this gift has manifested
itself in what he describes as "words of knowledge" or "words
of wisdom" about individuals and situations. Generally, I keep my thoughts
about these insights to myself, which has proven to be a good thing as I have
drawn the wrong conclusion about people and situations from time to time.
It is best to wait for clear direction from God before addressing a situation.
See Mat 12:41-44 • Rom 12:8 • II Cor 8:1-7 • II Cor 9:2-8
Giving is another gift that I was unaware that I had. This is
largely due to the fact that although I find it easy and enjoyable contributing
my material resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness,
my cheerfulness dies on the vine when I am treated with contempt or there
is no indication of gratefulness from those receiving the gift. I don't care
to receive public credit for what I gave, but it would be nice if those receiving
the gift were grateful and treated me kindly. Some would argue that this expectation
is out of line due to the fact that I'm giving to the Lord. I'm not sure that
I agree with that statement.
See Mark 12:41 • Rom 12:8 • II Cor 8:1-7, 8:2-8
Leadership was another gift that I didn't think I had because
I always thought that leadership required that a person have a special ability
to draw people to themselves, which I don't have. However, the instrument
defines it as the ability to set goals in accordance with God's purpose for
the future and to communicate these goals to others in such a way that they
voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish those goals for the
glory of God. There is no question that when given the opportunity to express
my vision, folks are quick to jump on the band-wagon hoping to help out.
See Luke 9:51 • Acts 7:10, 15:7-11 • Rom 12:8 • I Tim 5:17 • Heb 13:17
Administration is the ability to understand clearly the immediate
and long-range goals of a particular unit of the Body of Christ and to devise
and execute effective plans for the accomplishment of those goals. In many
instances this is true of my life. However, in many instances I find myself
in administrative positions wondering what on earth am I going to do. Yet,
God equips me to get through the issues.
See Luke 14:28-30 • Acts 6:1-7, 27:11 • I cor 12:28 • Tit 1:5
Prophecy is described as the special ability to receive and
communicate an immediate message of God to His people through a divinely anointed
utterance. It is important to realize that such an utterance is seldom related
to revelation of the future such as "Joe, you're going to get a new car
next week." Rather is often involves the obvious, such as, "Joe,
God has moved me to tell you that if continue steeling money from you boss,
God will strip you of your job." If you look at all of the Prophets,
more often than not, they operated in the mode aforementioned. This has happened
to me from time to time and it has always been a one-on-one situation. That
is, I've never stood up in a congregation and said, "thus says the Lord..."
Paul wrote that it is the one to be desired the most, but, I have never desired
this gift because history recordes that those who were Prophets often went
through a great deal of pain.
See Luke 7:26 • Acts 15:32, 21:9-11 • Rom 12:6 • I Cor 12:10, 28 • Eph 4:11-14