Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.1 Corinthians 12: 21-26
To say that Patrina and I are quite different is an understatement. Yet, in our marriage of more than thirty-seven years, in most cases, we recognize our particular strengths and weaknesses in our relationship. And we are better together.
Throughout this chapter Paul has time and again emphasized that every role, every gift is necessary within the human body and in the verses above he illustrates the practical relationship of those diverse gifts in the church and he provides some additional examples of gifts including teaching, helping and administration.
Some may minimize some of the gifts in favor of others – more of us would prefer a leadership role, but helpers are just as important. Those that help with administration and organization give form and function to the “big picture” leaders.
Again, there are gifts that receive more attention, but there are no insignificant gifts.
A family I know mentioned to me that they had attended church their entire married life, but they had never actively participated. Today, they are putting their gifts to work and are experiencing a sense of fulfillment that was missing in their lives. Their church is stronger thanks to their commitment.
What about you (me)? Are we making the most of the opportunities provided or are we sitting back?