“Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many for one body, and each member belongs to all the others.” Romans 12:4-5
It’s exciting and interesting to learn about your own spiritual gifts, but another great benefit of this kind of assessment is you learn about your weaknesses and where you need help. Our gifts are meant to complement one another. No one person has every gift, so we must work together to accomplish God’s mission in the world.
One of my gifts (not my highest, but it’s in the mix) is leadership. Here’s the definition of this gift:
LEADERSHIP: The gift of leadership is the special ability that God gives to
certain members of the Body of Christ to set goals in accordance with God’s purpose for the future and to communicate those goals to others in such a way that they voluntarily and harmoniously work together to accomplish those goals for the glory of God. Contributes: Direction.
A while back when we were giving gag gifts at a congregational luncheon, the group gave me a certificate naming me Joan “I have a great idea” Culler. This confirms my gift of leadership. I am the person with a million ideas about what individuals, groups and the entire congregation might do. However, there’s one small problem. I don’t have the gift of administration, and that’s a really necessary part of the process, as you can see:
ADMINISTRATION: The gift of administration is the special ability that God
gives to certain members of the Body of Christ to understand clearly the immediate and long-range goals of a particular unit of the Body of Christ and to devise and execute effective and efficient plans for the accomplishment of those goals. Contributes: Efficiency.
I can often see the direction or place I want to get to, but all the steps to get there, the many details, the “how” is not easy for me. I get frustrated and stressed by trying to work through all the details. It might take me days to get to the plan a good administrator sees in an instant. As a leader, I do my best work when I have someone with the gift of administration by my side. This is not true of everyone– some individuals will be blessed with both gifts. However, it is true of me, so spiritual gift assessment has taught me not only my own gifts, but how to seek out those with the right gifts to work with me.
Is one gift more valuable? As the apostle Paul would say, by no means!
And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 1 Corinthians 12:16-17
All the gifts are important. All the gifts are given by God. Each one has its’ part to play. We need to work together.