4 comments on “Scriptures That Bother Me — 1 Corinthians 12:11

  1. Can you imagine how dynamic the body of Christ would be if we each member not only knew what their gifts were, but joyfully exercised them?

    Here’s what I’ve seen in church life. Often there are people serving in ministries that really, the Lord hasn’t gifted them to serve in. For whatever reason (perhaps wishing they DID have that gift?), they insist on contuing in that particular vein of ministry. All the while, someone who IS incredibly gifted in that area sits on the sidelines — stifled — because someone else is taking the ministry that the Lord gifted THEM for.

    I understand that there’s a difference between talents and spiritual gifts, but I think the principle applies to both. Each of us was created uniquely by God to perform good works that He prepared in advance for us. He designed it so that all of the pieces coming together would create a beautiful tapestry… but so often we insist on doing things that He never meant for us to do, and in the process we rob someone else (who would be much more effective) of the joy of filling a spot that just might have been created specifically for them.

    I’ve been on both sides of this… trying to fill a role that the Lord never intended for me to fill (and ending up feeling miserable for it), and also feeling shut out because someone else who was clearly not gifted in a particular area refused to acknowledge it or even make room for me to even join them in the ministry.

    Thanks for bringing this issue to light today 🙂

  2. It’s not so much that I’m envious of another person’s gifts. I’m envious that they comprehend what their gifts are and see how to use them.

    I’m hoping that one day soon I’ll get an e-mail from God with a message that goes something like this:

    “Kin – Clearly you’re having trouble believing in the gifts I have given you. Do you even know what they are? Hmm. I didn’t think so. Okay, here they are (X,Y,Z). Got it?

    Now can you figure out what I want you to do with these? Oh brother… you’re testing the “wisely” part of my gift distribution. Okay, I see you need more help than others. Start here (Action A) and see where that takes you.

    Love,

    God”

  3. I agree with Kin. I look around me, and find people exercising their gifts, and I try harder yet to find out mine. I don’t want to be the servant that hid the one talent he received, rather than use it to grow more talents.

    Now, I feel I might end up actually waiting for that email. 🙂

  4. Hi George and Kin;

    God has been around a long time, and if God is anything like old people, e-mail is not a favored communications medium.

    Maybe a phone call? 🙂

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