I have never been able to work well with my hands. I was always the “go for” Dad. I learned some things along the way, but I’ve never really been a handyman type. Now, I did take on some projects, but most of the time I let someone who knows the use of their gifts to do the work. I even had one church Trustee say that I should never have power tools in my hands. They saw me at work with a chain saw.
God made people different. He gives us what we need to do the work/ministry that He wants us to be a part of. I may not be able to nail every nail straight, but I can play a tune on the piano sometimes. God made us different so we could get all the ministry done that He sees that needs to be done. We all have different “tool belts” we work with. We just do what we know to do, and do our best. It’s always how we minister effectively.
When you read I Corinthians 12, Paul talks about the differences. Paul stated there are different kinds of gifts, different kinds of service, different kinds of working, but the same God, the same Spirit. So, we don’t all have to be works of healing or share words of prophecy. We exercise the gifts manifested in us by the Holy Spirit. What a wonderful release! We are not all the same. We can be different.
I know you already know this. As the ARM Family, you all work in different ways in your home church, at an ARM event and as you serve on the Board and Council. We need everyone to know their gift(s), and to be active in the use of them in ministry. You do this so well. When I attend the Aldersgate Conference, I observe the variety of gifts people have and how they are using them in ministry. All of you are doing different things the ministry needs – all provided through the Holy Spirit. ARM is blessed to have such a cadre of people.
Some people might say, “I wish I had this gift or that gift,” but God knows what He needs you to do. There may be moments when you have another gift for a time. God knows what He needs you to do. Paul spoke to this, too, in the latter part of I Corinthians 12. All the body parts are essential for the body to work properly. One part can’t say it is better than the other and no part can work on its own. Our body needs all its parts to function as they should in order for us to go about our lives. It is the same with our giftedness. We come together to do ministry and we use the gifts we have to accomplish what God desires – ministry… working like the body to complete our tasks.
What’s in your “tool belt?” It may be a little different from mine, but we need all the tools in our ministry.