Have you ever just wanted to teach a bible study? Your heart is bursting to share the Word with others but teaching isn’t your spiritual gift. What do you do? Are you stuck just not ministering in areas that are not your gift?
I’m here to tell you: that’s NOT how the gifts of The Spirit work!
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His gifts were not given to us to LIMIT our ministry. They were given to us to EMPOWER our ministry!
Let’s look at 3 different saints and how they use their unique gifts for God’s glory and for the body of Christ, all through teaching.
- Tom might have a gift of administration
- Betsy might have a gift of pastor (yes, women can have the spiritual gift of pastor)
- Allen might have the gift of mercy
Every single person listed here can do ANY kind of ministry they want. That’s right, ANY kind! Then what do spiritual gifts have to do with anything, you might ask. Well, our spiritual gifts will anoint HOW we minister.
Tom might let his gift bring order and clarity to his teaching. He might have regular handouts for his classes. He might link you up as partners to encourage and help one another. He might have your studies on Powerpoint for greater visual clarity. He will teach the Word using his gift to organize and lay things out and delegate. And every one in his class will gain from his using his gift. They will actually be strengthened in this area of administration as they sit under Tom’s teaching.
Betsy will be a shepherd in her teaching. She will make sure that individuals are not getting lost in the shuffle. Her students will feel loved and cared for in her class. They will learn, from watching her, a greater focus on caring for one another’s needs – to bear one another’s burdens and every one in the class will be strengthened in the area of shepherding one another as they sit under Betsy’s teaching.
Allen may use his gift to stretch the class to reach out to the hurting. His class may do more service from their study of the Word. They may focus on the downtrodden, the rejected, they may focus more on being the hands and feet of Jesus – to actually live out in a practical way – the teachings of the scriptures. And every one in his class will be stretched and encouraged in their vision to reach out to the hurting as they sit under Allen’s teaching.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Cor 12:4-7
Don’t let anyone hold you back in ministering in any way. But manifest the Spirit’s gift to you in strength and in power as you strengthen the body of Christ!
Part 2: Spiritual Gifts – But I’m not a teacher!
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Great thoughts, Kate! Love it!
Really good thoughts here – I’m looking forward to the continuation of this series. I’m at a point where God is completely changing the landscape of my life, and I am being challenged to find new ways to apply my gifts in His service.
Leah, I love how the Lord continues to grow us and teach us and mold us so He can use us in new and exciting ways! Thanks for stopping by!
Great points and reminders, Thanks Kate. I have been doing a little better now than in previous comments. Thanks for your posts.
Correna, may the Lord bless you and use you in powerful ways!! Love to you, dear friend.
Thank you, Kate! I look forward to reading your book.
Sarah, I hope it will be an encouragement. Thanks so much for stopping by.