1 Corinthians 12:7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.
According to scripture, every member of the body of Christ has a spiritual gift. It is by that spiritual gift that the Holy Spirit does much of His work within the church. It is through the spiritual gift of mercy that He helps the church to show compassion to those who are hurting. It is through the spiritual gift of evangelism that He helps the church to keep spreading the gospel. It is through the spiritual gift of hospitality that He helps the church to open its arms to new members. It is through the spiritual gift of teaching that He helps the church to understand the Word of God and to apply it to everyday living. Through each of us the Spirit seeks to manifest Himself to the rest of the church. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that every member of the church strive to know and to use their spiritual gift.
Note what Paul wrote to young Timothy –
2 Timothy 1:6 Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands.
Timothy was a young pastor in a hostile environment. Because he was young and unsure of himself, he was sometimes hesitant to serve. Therefore Paul needed to remind him – ‘For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.’ (2 Timothy 1:7)
Why is it that so many members of the body of Christ never get involved? One of the primary reasons is because they are unsure of themselves and what they are supposed to do. They believe that someone else who is more talented is already doing everything that needs to be done. Yet the Lord does not want a few people doing it all. He wants every member to be involved and to be just as important as all the rest. Note how Paul tried to explain this to the church at Corinth –
1 Corinthians 12:14 For in fact the body is not one member but many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I am not of the body,” is it therefore not of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where would be the smelling? 18 But now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased. 19 And if they were all one member, where would the body be? 20 But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. 21 And the eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you”; nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary.
Too often we think that the church consists only of those who can sing or teach, or who serve in some position as a leader. Yet that is not true. In God’s eyes, the one who joyfully cares for children in the nursery is just as important as the one who stands behind the pulpit. Each of us have been given a task to accomplish and a spiritual gift by which to get it done. It was with that in mind that Paul also wrote to young Timothy –
1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the gift that is in you, which was given to you by prophecy with the laying on of the hands of the leadership. 15 Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.
Are you neglecting the use of your spiritual gift? Are you sitting in the pew and watching everyone else be used by God? If so, you are not only disobeying the Lord, you are missing out on the joy of being used by God. I encourage you to begin praying today that the Lord will show you what it is that He has called you to do. Get involved and let your progress be evident to all!