Have you ever heard the sound of an orchestra as it was preparing for a performance? If you have, you know that there is a flurry of sound and activity as each individual musician goes through their various routines in order to warm up. To those listening, it sounds like chaos. Though each individual instrument may be in tune, there is a lack of harmony and unity between them. Then the moment comes when the conductor steps up to his platform and taps his baton. Everyone stops whatever they are doing and focuses completely on him. Silently he raises his baton and then with great intention, he begins to make various motions that help all the instruments to perform perfectly together.
We often call this type of performance a ‘symphony.’ The word symphony comes from a Greek word found in 1 Corinthians 12:7 ‘But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.’ The phrase ‘profit of all’ is the Greek word sumphero which means: to bring together, to collect or to contribute in order to help, to be profitable. Scripture teaches us that God has designed the church so that when all the gifts work together, they perform like a symphony.
We have learned thus far that the body of Christ is not made up of one member, but many.
1 Corinthians 12:4 There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. 7 But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:
There are at least twelve Spiritual Gifts that are active today, and perhaps many more. The Lord uses these many gifts in a variety of ways in order to accomplish a number of purposes. The Lord may use one believer with the Gift of Serving to care for babies in the nursery, and another believer who has the same gift to help a widow in need. Yet the overall purpose of all the gifts is to bring profit to the entire body.
Within the many Spiritual Gifts given to the church are certain gifts which may be called Leadership Gifts. We must not be mistaken by this title to think that Leadership Gifts are more important than any other gift within the body. Paul tells us in 1 Cor 12:23, that with the human body, often we place the greatest value upon the parts of our body that no one else ever sees. Leadership Gifts are not more important that Serving Gifts, yet they are necessary gifts in order to help the entire body work together as a symphony of praise to our Savior.
In brief we may say that those with Leadership Gifts have the special ability to see what needs to be done and to work with others to help get it done. They have the God-given ability to bring into harmony the talents and abilities of all the rest.