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Romans 12:4-5 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
I have heard (and preached) sermons many times on the need to “discover” our spiritual gifts. I have participated in innumerable seminars to accomplish something that is usually obvious to any even somewhat discerning eye. It is true that some are gifted, just as the twelve Jesus “left behind” to accomplish His mission. As mission delegates they all were to “ be making disciples as they were going out to the ends of the earth”. (my translation from the Greek Matthew 28:19)
You see, that is what is too seldom driven home in the above-mentioned seminars. Far too often the “results” of the questionnaires and the interpretation of the scoring become “self-fulfilling prophecies” and the result is that many participants put a cap on their gift working solely in that regard and then forget the total mission imperative working solely within their understanding of their “gifting”. The result, as we have seen in the modern American protestant churches is a tendency to grow inward and shrink by degrees until they are so diminished by age and disaffection that they die.
The greatest need I see is that we be out there in the world sharing the good news of Jesus our Christ. Yes, we should be working within our particular strengths, but just as we assume many roles in secular life, so too we need to “be ready, in season and out of season” to give the world a reason for our joy. (2 Timothy 4:2)