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Spiritual Gifts Shift?

Today was a day for diligent domesticity: House cleaning, yard cleaning and grass cutting, starting laundry, some dish washing (boy, I'll be glad when the dish washer is repaired tomorrow) and making RSVP phone calls.  Not really what I wanted to be doing on such a lovely day, so chalk it up under the category of "necessary evils" that were long overdue.
Anyway, I was sifting through some papers still hiding in a leather briefcase I used when I worked at Visa.  I do not recall exactly, but perhaps the last time I used that briefcase was when I packed up things from my office I wanted to keep.  One item was a "Finding Your Spiritual Gifts" questionnaire one of my work colleagues (my boss, in fact) had passed along to me; I still consider Sally one of my best and closest spiritual friends.  I think I completed the questionnaire well over five years ago.  The results then reflected the 'dominant' or highest areas of:

    +     Giving
    +     Helps
    +     Hospitality
           (with Teaching, Faith, Administration, Exhortation, Mercy, Leadership & Service following with double-digit totals).

Of course, I was curious to see if my answers to the 125 questions of the Wagner-Modified Houts Questionnaire might have changed with the passage of  time.  Five answers did shift a bit, and consequently, the list of dominant spiritual gifts changed while the 'subordinate' or next-highest rated gifts expanded some as well:

     o    Giving
     o    Helps
     o    Mercy
     o    Hospitality
           (with Teaching, Faith, Administration, Exhortation, Leadership, Intercession & Service as the 'subordinate' gifts list).

The suggested gifts definitions provided in this tool, and scriptural references that are included are interesting.  Each definition begins with "The gift of ________ is the special ability that God gives to certain members of the Body of Christ ...": 

GIVING:  - to contribute their material resources to the work of the Lord with liberality and cheerfulness.  Mark 12:41-44;  Romans 12:8;  2 Corinthians 8:1-7;  2 Corinthians 9:2-8.

HELPS:  - to invest the talents they have in the life and ministry of other members of the Body, thus enabling those others to increase the effectiveness of their own spiritual gifts.  Mark 15:40,41;  Luke 8:2,3;  Acts 9:36;  Romans 16:1,2;  1 Corinthians 12:28.

MERCY:  - to feel genuine empathy and compassion for individuals (both Christian and non-Christian) who suffer distressing physical, mental or emotional problems, and to translate that compassion into cheerfully done deeds which reflects Christ's love and alleviate the suffering.  Matthew 20:29-34;  Matthew 25:34-40;  Mark 9:41;  Luke 10:33-35;  Acts 11:28-30;  Acts 16: 33,34;  Romans 12:8.

HOSPITALITY:  - to provide an open house and a warm welcome to those in need of food and lodging.  Acts 16:14,15;  Romans 12:9-13;  Romans 16:23;  Hebrews 13:1,2;  1 Peter 4:9.     

Interesting.  I'll have to take some time to read through the scriptural references.