“Now about spiritual gifts, brothers, I do not want you to be ignorant” (1 Corinthians 12:1).
In 1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12, the Apostle Paul is teaching us about the role of spiritual gifts in the church. He correlates these gifts to a human body, telling us that each person’s gift helps the whole body of the church. This is such an important principle for us to learn. I must say I learned this principle regarding my own spiritual gift the hard way.
“God will never speak as strongly to you as someone else,” said my mentor to me one day. The statement shocked me. “What in the world do you mean by that?” as I argued with him. “Your spiritual gift of administration/leading is one of the most dangerous gifts in the whole body of Christ. The reason is that you can see the big picture better than anyone else, and you’re so task-oriented that you will run people into the ground getting your project completed because you think you see it so clearly. That is why the best friend you could ever have is someone with a prophetic gift to discern whether the big picture you see is actually the picture God is directing. It is the one gift that can almost stand-alone better than any other — at least that is the opinion of the one with that gift.”
Oh, how I have learned this lesson the hard way! He was so right. There have been many a church staff destroyed by the person with the gift of administration. During my years as an ad agency owner, I saw how I stressed out my staff because of the tremendous load I put on them with multiple projects. It was so easy for me because the more balls I had juggling, the better I felt. I was oblivious to how my multi-task personality impacted those around me.
Today, I have some special relationships with intercessors and prophetic people that I depend on for confirmation of direction. I have learned their spiritual gifts of discernment are of great value in determining strategic direction. I have learned that God has placed within each person a spiritual gift that is designed to make the body of Christ function better for His purposes. When we discover the spiritual gifts that God has placed in those around us, we are better able to see the body function as a real body — totally dependent on one another. Some of us are more sensitive to the voice of God because God has gifted us in that way. Others of us are less sensitive because God wants us to depend on others in the body for their gifts. Find out whom God has placed around you today and discover a new dimension of spiritual productivity.