So we want to serve the King. But where to start? One of the first things the serious servants looks at is what the King has gifted them to do. Then at least we know were to put our resources planning and any training we might want to take on. In order that we can find the more excellent way.
3 For by the grace given to me I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith which God has assigned him. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and all the members do not have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; he who teaches, in his teaching; 8 he who exhorts, in his exhortation; he who contributes, in liberality; he who gives aid, with zeal; he who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Rom. 12:3-8
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of working, but it is the same God who inspires them all in every one. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 To one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are inspired by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills. 1Cor. 12:4-11
27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then workers of miracles, then healers, helpers, administrators, speakers in various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way. 1Cor. 12:27-31
There are two opinions among theologians as to the definition of this gift. One is that the gift was only for the first century and it only applied to those 12 men. The other looks at what those men did. They went out to the world. They crossed cultural barriers. They were Missionaries.
There are two kinds of prophecy in the Scripture. There is Fore Telling and Forth Telling. Fore telling is predicting future events. Forth telling presents the Word of the God to the people, it may or may not have to do with future events. Just standing and reading from the Bible is to exorcise the position of a prophet but not necessarily the gift.
There are just some people who can walk in and see the bigger picture. They see what others need to be doing and how they should be doing it. They make the connections between teachers and students. They know where the best use of all our resources should be.
These are the servants. They don’t have to be told to sweep the floor. They just ask where the broom is kept. They know how things work and how to keep them working. All they really need is thanks from the rest of God’s congregation and the keys to the janitors closet or the kitchen.
They explain the deeper meaning of the Text. Those that have this gift need to study. Early on they may need help in acquiring the education it takes to do this.
These are the pompom people. They notice what everyone else is doing. They notice the broken hearts, the hungry and the needy. They also notice the tired, rundown, overworked, and even lazy. They just know when to pick up their pompoms and start the cheering.
These are those generous people who sometimes need direction as to where their resources can best be used. They often fall victims to those that prey upon the congregation. It is part of the Administrator responsibilities to help them see the real needs.
They just know who needs help. They know where the book the teacher need is, or how to find it. They know where the keys to the janitor closet are kept. When young sometimes their enthusiasm is ahead of their abilities.
Only the powerful can show mercy. These people sit as it where in the seat of Moses. They know right from wrong and are as gentle as the Shepherd Himself at administering them
Believe it or not these are the people who fear God. They understand His wrath as much as His love.
Knowledge or Understanding
This is the knowledge of things spiritual. This is one who understand the Law. Not the letter but the spirit.
What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet, if it had not been for the law, I should not have known sin. I should not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.” Rom. 7:7
These people are thought crazy by the rest of us. They will step out with few resources and get a job done.
The Sign Gifts
They are called so because the were taken as a sign or confirmation that the Holy Spirit was at work [Act 2:1-21, 10:34-43].
These are separated from the rest because of the great conflict in the theological community as to there nature. They were very common in the first century. However in the course of the History of God’s Congregation they have appear less and less. Many believe that they have passed away all together. Others think that they are fleeting, only given temporarily in the times of great need.
The ability to heal people of the physical infirmities.
The ability to affect the physical world in ways opposed to the known laws of physics.
Discernment of Spirits
The ability to know whether a person is a believer or not before there is any evidence one way or the other. To know if a demonic spirit is present or not and/or to know whether an illness or disease is physical or spiritual.
The ability to speak or be heard in a language that is unknown to the speaker. There are some believe that all God’s people have this gift.
Interpretation of tongues
The ability of the hearer to hear a language that is unknown to the hearer and understand what is being communicated.
We must discover what the Master has gifted to us personally with. This will help us plan our individual service to the King. There was also an admonition to seek the higher gifts, which would indicate that as we do more for the King, more gifts will be given. We don’t have to be stuck as baby believers forever.
Sometimes this is harder for those who grow up in the congregation and believe at an early age, rather than for those who come later in life. Children are often ignored or discounted by the adults so even if the have one of those higher gifts, no one wants or believes a word of knowledge from a 10 year old. So a great deal of frustration can set in at an early age. Many adult leaders who should be nurturing and growing the younger ones, are instead threatened by some young whipper snapper coming up. Pick your spiritual leader carefully.
Love is suppose to be the out come of these gifts [1 Cor 12-14]. Love is how these gifts are to operate within the congregation.
Some may just know what it is the Lord has gifted them to do. Others have never considered such a things. However if you have never considered these things before and you want to grow in the Lord it maybe the time to sit down and ask Him what He has given you. One may want to turn to the spiritual leaders around them. Those that walk close to God may already know where your gift are.