In 1 Corinthians 12 we read this:
‘Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.’ (v12-14)
Imagine you woke up to discover your nose, left hand and right elbow were missing. Aside from the difficulty of getting out of bed with a club foot and only one hand to balance with, problems would occur as you breathlessly descend the stairs, inhaling and exhaling through your mouth. Now imagine you exit the house and hop to work, justifying to others that you’re better off without the body parts as it is the most normal thing in the world to not have them? The people you’d meet would think you strange to say the least.
Now, consider the spiritual gifts that make up the church – preachers, servers, teachers, prophets, encouragers, apostles, generous givers, leaders, pastors, evangelists and administrators. For a church to operate with any of these gifts missing is for it to hamstring itself in much the same way a person becomes when without their foot, elbow and nose. Yet, where churches fail to help congregation members realise their primary spiritual gifts, they risk setting aside useful limbs that would help it function as it should.
If your church needs a spiritual audit why not direct your leader to www.primarygift.co.uk You might even forward this post to him or her. Better still, buy the book, app or ebook, use it to discover your own primary gift then pass it on to your leader. All the best and click here to buy Know your spiritual gifts