The reason why the Church is so effective in the world is because of the focus we give to what we do and that is to worship Jesus Christ. It is all for Him; everything came from Him and we are careful to do whatever we do, for Him. We want the world to see Christ not us.
“We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” (Romans 12 v 6-8)
Why does Paul choose these 7 gifts? In his other writings he lists a different set. Are these a random list coming off the top of his head? Whatever the answer, the focus is not the gift, nor the one using the gift but it is either on Christ or His Church.
There’s nothing wrong in having courses on how to use the gifts; there’s nothing wrong in being able to recognise the gifts you have or call yourself by a title connected to the gift; but to use the gift for Christ, to use it for others and to do so with love is the whole point I think Paul is referring to.
The excitement of Church is surely when we see gifts such as:
Prophesying: helping people with past, present and future thoughts that are not our own subjective feelings but are from Christ and for the glorifying of Christ (that’s what our faith is all about).
Serving: being that hands-on deacon that stoops down to wash feet and puts the needs of others first so that Christ is seen and to do it all for Christ.
Teaching: opening the Bible so that others can see Christ and glorify Christ.
Encouraging: edifying, building, strengthening others to be all they can be, to be followers of Christ.
Giving: with no other motive but to be like Christ who gave His all, to do it generously.
Leading: do it the way Christ leads, not with manipulation or force but with love and demonstration.
Showing mercy: don’t look down on the disadvantaged, show them happiness and let the smile of Christ be seen through you.
This is the Church that Christ birthed. This is the exciting Church that Christ died for. Let’s step into this today.