The Spirit’s power in richly varied gifts

Posted Sep 4, 2020

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Daily Scripture

1 Corinthians 12:27-30

27 You are the body of Christ and parts of each other. 28 In the church, God has appointed first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, the ability to help others, leadership skills, different kinds of tongues. 29 All aren’t apostles, are they? All aren’t prophets, are they? All aren’t teachers, are they? All don’t perform miracles, do they? 30 All don’t have gifts of healing, do they? All don’t speak in different tongues, do they? All don’t interpret, do they?

Ephesians 4:11-13

11 He gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers. 12 His purpose was to equip God’s people for the work of serving and building up the body of Christ 13 until we all reach the unity of faith and knowledge of God’s Son. God’s goal is for us to become mature adults—to be fully grown, measured by the standard of the fullness of Christ.

Romans 12:6-8

6 We have different gifts that are consistent with God’s grace that has been given to us. If your gift is prophecy, you should prophesy in proportion to your faith. 7 If your gift is service, devote yourself to serving. If your gift is teaching, devote yourself to teaching. 8 If your gift is encouragement, devote yourself to encouraging. The one giving should do it with no strings attached. The leader should lead with passion. The one showing mercy should be cheerful.

Reflection Questions

The apostle Paul wrote the three passages you just read over two thousand years ago, yet they are timeless, applying to each follower of Jesus in 2020. As the body of Christ, each member works together to create the whole. If one person with one gift is missing, the entire body suffers. As the body works together unity and power come into being. We do not acquire or use these gifts on our own strength, but only through the Holy Spirit at work within us.

  • Are you clear about which of these gifts the Spirit has given you? If not, ask one or more people who know you well what gifts they see in you. You can also click here to access a short introduction to spiritual gifts discovery that we use at The Church of the Resurrection. Once you have a sense of what your gifts are, how are you using those gifts to serve and build up the body of Christ?
  • Last week we focused on the fruit of the Spirit—qualities the Spirit grows in every Christian (cf. Galatians 5:22-23). But your “package” of spiritual gifts won’t be exactly like anyone else’s—note how Paul used words like “some” and “if” in writing about the gifts. And you must develop any spiritual gift. You likely have an aptitude in your area of giftedness but have room to grow in using it well. How are you developing your spiritual gifts?

Prayer

Lord Jesus, the Spirit has gifted me in unique ways so that the Kingdom might come to earth. Help me to recognize the joy and responsibility of my giftedness. Amen.

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Darren Lippe

Darren Lippe

Darren Lippe helps facilitate Journey 101 “Loving God” classes, guides a 7th-grade Sunday school class, is a member of a small group and a men’s group, and serves on the curriculum team.

As we ponder today’s Scripture, I thought I would “visit” with Mr. Tyson Rod, founder & owner of Ty Rod’s Temporary Staffing Agency.

DL: Mr. Rod, I must admit I liked your motto on your sign.

Mr. Rod: Please call me Ty. Thanks. It was the strangest coincidence. I was getting ready to start my company & on a whim I visited a fortune-teller to see if it would be successful or not. Anyway, instead of telling me my fortune, she pulled out her Bible & started reading, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” I was all confused until I read her sign more closely. She was a Psalm Reader – not a Palm Reader. Fortunately, it wasn’t a total loss. She inspired our slogan: “Ty Rod & Ty’s staff will comfort you.”

DL: Nice. So, what created your interest in the temporary employment industry?

Ty Rod: I suppose it began when I was a kid in Sunday school. My teacher was reading a passage from Paul’s letter to the Corinthians. Paul was describing all of the different gifts with which we are endowed & how each & every one of our gifts is of vital importance to the Kingdom of God. Now my career is spent matching people’s skills & gifts with my client’s needs.

DL: So, how do you do that?

Ty Rod: Well, first we need to help our client determine what kind of people they need to meet their requirements. They might need someone who is good with numbers, or someone with organizational skills, or it may be physical labor.

Then we need to prep our personnel to help them succeed as well. Some of our staff might need some coaching on their soft skills. For example, we did a test interview with one of our staffers & asked, “How long were you in your last position?” She replied, “My greatest weakness is my listening skills.”

We then need to know what our employee’s interests might be, what skills they have, or helping them determine their personality trait. For example, if someone liked to be around people, then we would seek out areas that interact with others. On the other hand, for someone who was a bit on the quiet side, we might find opportunities to be “behind the scenes” support.

DL: So, when you find they have a particular talent that becomes their niche with your firm?

Ty Rod: Not necessarily. It is important to identify your strengths & know what comes naturally to you. But it is also good to stretch yourself & experiment with those skill sets that might be perceived as being weak. As long as we recognize we are pushing ourselves & treat it as an adventure, then we can try something outside of our comfort zone and have some fun with it. That way if it doesn’t click for us, then no harm / no foul. But we may find skills we’ve never even tried before.

DL: You also mentioned that you help many of your staff in their volunteering & community service opportunities. Why?

Ty Rod: For many of our staff, we recognize our firm can be a job that is merely meant to be means to an end. It may not provide much fulfillment or satisfaction. We believe that service opportunities are a fantastic way to fill that void. For example, we have one staffer who dutifully does his work 8-5, but is re-energized on the way home as he eagerly looks forward to his volunteering gig. He has found a perfect match between his talents & his philanthropic work. When that match works, it becomes a hobby – not an obligation.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have a meeting with my next client. They run a tech-support call-in center. I have the ideal staffer for them. Before we could even start our phone interview with this employee, he interrupted our conversation & said, “Please hold.” I thought, “Bingo! Our tech support clients are going to love him.”

DL: Thanks for your time.

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