Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God is active in everyone and everything. A manifestation of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial … And God has placed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, next, miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, managing, various kinds of languages. I Cor. 12:4-7, 27-28
I awoke to the sweet smell of Swiffer mop solution. Stumbling out of bed, I found my 12-year-old son hard at work in the quiet house, scrubbing my floors. I know, it’s crazy, but God has given me a boy with the spiritual gift of service. That child loves to help out. And when he’s done? He’s satisfied, filled, like a cat with cream.
My daughter, on the other hand, would choose a trip to the dentist over cleaning her own room, much less the rest of the house. But if one of her friends is down, she is the first to call her, make her a card, give her a hug, even pray with her. She’s 10 – with the gift of encouragement (most certainly not service!)
My mom is filled with mercy, my dad with wise teaching. My husband is a gifted pastor, and evangelism comes easily to me. My sister is both a helper and an encourager. One of my friends is a great manager – details and flow charts and motivating others are his natural languages.
All of us are radically different, but each of us is God’s workmanship. He created us, masterpieces all, with jobs to do. He considered our personalities, our natural inclinations, and he empowered us with his Holy Spirit to do tasks that he appointed for us. Each of those tasks has a common goal – to advance His Kingdom on earth.
We are not just paintings to be hung on the wall and admired by God. We are not simply statues that awe the admiring crowds. We are workers. And Ephesians 1:10 tells us that God made us “for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”
That just amazes me – that God would prepare stuff for me to do ahead of time so that when I get “there” on my life’s path, those tasks are waiting for me, tasks that satisfy and fulfill me, tasks which I am suited to perform.
I didn’t list all the spiritual gifts in today’s post. There are so many more than I’ve even touched on here. What’s yours? And what tasks has God given you to use it doing? How are those tasks advancing God’s Kingdom? How do you fit in to the plan?