What’s Right with the Church (Part 4)
One of the themes of 1 Corinthians is spiritual gifts. That was one of the things the church at Corinth was known for. The truth is that as followers of Christ, we all have spiritual gifts. I think we often put our emphasis in the wrong place when it comes to spiritual gifts. We usually put lots of focus on discovering and naming our gift or gifts. I think the more important thing is to focus on our attitude as we use our gift. In chapter 13 of 1 Corinthians, Paul tells the church that they could have any and all gifts. If they use or display those gifts without an attitude of love, the gifts are meaningless.
I am sure you know this already, but I feel I must say it anyway. It is not about you. Your gifts are not for your own benefit. Your gifts are for the building up and unifying of the church. That is where the love comes in. When we use our gifts in love, there is no end to their effectiveness. When we use our gifts without love, there is beginning to their effectiveness.
When it comes to figuring out what your spiritual gift is, I have a theory. You can take those gift inventories. They are not useless. They might provide a starting point. The problem is they are based on your own experiences and opinions. We all know experiences and opinions are unreliable, at best. I realize this may be a bit controversial, but I think when it comes to identifying your spiritual gift, one of the best methods is trial and error. Do something for God and the church. It will not take long to figure out if the service you are providing is inside your area of giftedness or not. If it is, then great. If not, try something else. Don’t over-think it.
The church belongs to Christ. God enriches the church. The church and its members have everything they need, including spiritual gifts. These are some of what’s right with the church.