– by Gerry & Janine Couchman
It is a known fact that believers flourish in their service to Christ when they are serving in the area of their giftedness and in conjunction with their God-given uniqueness. Spiritual gifts are divine endowments and abilities given to us by God to make a unique contribution to His Kingdom work (1 Cor 12:7). Every believer has at least one Spiritual gift and every believer is a minister (1 Peter 4:10). God has carefully selected each believer’s Spiritual gifts and place of service within the Body of Christ (1 Cor 12:8-10).
Various Spiritual Gifts
In Romans 12:6-8 we see the magnificence of the variety of Spiritual Gifts given according to God’s grace and plans. More gifts are spoken of in Exodus 31:3, 1 Tim 2:1-2, and Psalm 150:3-5. Some of these gifts are named as follows: Administration, Apostleship, Craftsmanship, Creative Communication, Discernment, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith, Giving, Healing, Help (Serving), Hospitality, Intercession, Interpretation, Knowledge, Leadership, Mercy, Miracles, Prophecy, Shepherding, Teaching, Tongues, and Wisdom!
Not possible without love
Love is the critical factor undergirding all these gifts. Spiritual Gifts, expressed without love, do not reflect who God is and do not have a Kingdom impact. We must never project our gift onto others, nor elevate our gift above others, nor reject the fact that we each have at least one Spiritual Gift. Serving with love is servanthood, and serving without love is servility (See 1 Cor 13:1-3). Christ exhorts us to serve in love in Matt 5:16 and again in John 13:35. Passion is the God-given desire that compels us to make a difference somewhere. We know this from God’s Word, “Delight yourself in the Lord; and He will give you the desires of your heart”
What are you passionate about?
What would you do if you knew you wouldn’t fail? What conversations keep you up late at night? And lastly, what are the causes or issues you feel strongly about? Your answers to these questions will help you to discover what you are passionate about. For me, personally, it was seeing the church working ‘right’ and seeing the people mobilised to make an impact and difference where people are broken and need Christ.
What is your style?
Style is another piece that helps us determine where we should serve and what we should do. Personal style is also God-given, and once again there is no right or wrong. Your personal style answers the how question. Your style will be determined by how you are energised. Are you task-oriented and energised by doing things, or people-oriented and energised by interacting with people? Your style also encompasses how you are organised. Are you unstructured or structured? Do you prefer flexibility or do you prefer to plan and have order? For example, you may be task focussed but have an unstructured way of organising things. So you need to put the pieces together in order to find a place to use your spiritual gifts. Making your unique contribution in a meaningful place will make a difference for eternity.
Be eternally minded
Finally, we must understand that service is for a lifetime. Worship is expected for a lifetime. Stewardship is required for a lifetime. Whatever we do for the Kingdom of God here on earth will stand for eternity! It will make a difference for eternity!
Gerry & Janine Couchman are the Regional Director & Co Leaders of the Global Leadership Network SA, an NPO that hosts the Global Leadership Summit each year.
Article source: JOY! Magazine