THOSE IN CHRIST ARE THE BODY OF CHRIST
Jesus works through the church, the body of Christ. He accomplishes his will for the church, through the church, as they love and serve one another, teach and correct one another, encourage and sympathize with one another, and stay on the joyful and God glorifying mission of making disciples of all nations with one another. Jesus also accomplishes his will for the world in large part through the church as they share the gospel, love their neighbors and cities, meet the physical needs of the hurting and vulnerable, and seek to end injustices both locally and worldwide.
Like a body, the church has many members who are one. Through the Holy Spirit, Jesus says we will do greater works than he did—not in kind, but in number. The church needs people like you, and unlike you. No one can say to another, “I have no need of you.” We are united, not uniform. We are diverse, not divided. Some have gifts that are more visible than others, but that does not mean they are more important or more honorable. “But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose” (1 Cor 12:18). Everyone is gifted in the body. Everyone is needed in the body.
While there are many spiritual gifts, there are basically three different ways that the Holy Spirit gifts: Prophet, Priest, or King. While one person may have a little bit of each, generally, they will have one dominant gifting. Which are you?
WHICH ARE YOU: PROPHET, PRIEST, OR KING?
Focus = Communication / Visionary / Larger Audiences / Bold and Frank
Spiritual Gifts = Teaching / Evangelism / Knowledge / Preaching / Discernment / Exhortation
Prone to Sin = Harsh / Cold / Self-righteous with knowledge
Focus = Relationships (one-on-one) / Care & Meeting Needs / Smaller audience
Spiritual Gifts = Encouragement / Mercy / Evangelism / Relationships / Service Prone to Sin = Tolerance of sin / Lack of truth / Self-righteous with compassion or love
Focus = Strategy / Vision implementer / Resource manager / Behind the scenes
Spiritual Gifts = Leadership / Administration / Wisdom
Prone to Sin = Rigid (not flexible) / Rules / Self-righteous with with policy
These lists and guidelines should not be used as a way to force anyone into a pre-defined box, but as a way to help you understand how God the Holy Spirit has gifted you and wired you for God’s glory. I pray that this will help you identify the areas where God has created you to thrive and take joy in your work.
WHATEVER YOUR GIFTS, USE THEM IN THE LOCAL CHURCH
Whatever your gifts, make sure you are plugged in to a local church that loves Jesus, teaches the Bible, and is on mission to make disciples in and around their city and in the entire world. Use the gifts that God has given you. Don’t hide your gifts and call it “humility.” When we don’t use our gifts, we are not being humble, we are being prideful. The problem with most is not low self-esteem but low God-esteem. He has graciously gifted you. Use your gifts. Stop making excuses and start glorifying God in Christ, empowered by the Holy Spirit. Serve in some way. Let your pastors know how you’re gifted, and ask them to help you find a good place for you to use your gifts to the glory of God.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
Always seeking your joy in Jesus,