Devotional: ‘The Gift of Administration’

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Many members of the church view their duty as being little more than regular attendance. Perhaps that is because they approach the church from the view point of what they can gain, rather than what they can give. Indeed we attend church to gain support and encouragement, yet we should also attend church in order to give of ourselves. In Ephesians 4:12 Paul speaks of the ‘the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.’ The word ‘work’ means: {business or employment}. Every member of the body of Christ should view themselves as an employee of the Lord.

To enable us to do God’s business, we have been equipped with Spiritual Gifts. A Spiritual Gift is a special talent and ability that the Spirit equips each of us with in order to distribute the grace of God. Often our Spiritual Gifts coincide without many of our natural talents and abilities.

To help the various gifts work together as a unit, the Spirit selects and equips some believers with what we might call Leadership Gifts. Someone with a Leadership Gift is not the boss, nor are they better than all the others. They are simply gifts and abilities to be used to help coordinate the work of the ministry. Paul speaks of the gift of leadership both in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthains12.

Romans 12:6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them … 8 he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.

In 1 Corinthians 12:28 this gift is referred to as ‘administrations’ which means to steer or to give guidance.

In a previous study I compared spiritual leadership to a conductor who guides an orchestra. Without the conductor, the many instruments would accomplish little more than chaos. But with the conductor, the many instruments are able to perform a symphony.

David Francis states in his book on Spiritual Gifts that a leader must have two things:

1. Vision

2. Followers

When the Lord calls a leader He equips them with the ability to see the big picture. Not only are they able to see what can be done, they are able to see how to do it. Through their leadership, many other gifts can be brought together and what could never be accomplished by one, can now be accomplished by many.

Yet in order to be an effective leader, the men and women God equips with this gift must be able to motivate others to cooperate and to follow. This is especially true when working with volunteers. Unlike a business that can demand certain things from its employees, the body of Christ is made up of volunteers who must be motivated and encouraged to give of themselves and to serve.

How do we motivate others to serve? Note what Jesus taught His disciples –

Matthew 20:25 … Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

According to Christ, the best way to motivate others to serve – is to serve. Though the world’s leaders are often CEO’s, in the church they are servants.

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