The Almighty God has endowed us with different gifts, talents and abilities for the glory of His name and the edification of the Church. Through the equipping of the Holy Ghost, we can accomplish great things.
Some are called to be Shepherds. They bring together the flock and nurse injured sheep back to sound health. They provide direction with authority and power that comes with the gifting.
There are those whose hearts are full of mercy. They will sacrifice whatever they have to secure those who have monkeys on their backs. They take in the poor, the dejected, the rejected, the outcasts, the blind, the lame, the weak etc. They nudge and wink.
Some can serve. They sacrifice their strength in the service of believers and humanity at large.
Some are given into teaching. They can teach Scripture in awe and wonder. They move from verse to chapter, unknown to known, history to current, logos to rhema; they tear down the fog of ignorance and make things clear.
There are those whose hearts bleed for the lost. They cannot sleep until they reach out to a lost soul; a soul crying out in bondage. They will go to all length just to bring in one soul. They don’t have the patience of a gnat, for they can sit and watch paint dry.
Some are intellectually endowed for God. They pull down false arguments, expound on truth, demystify myths and answer sceptics arguments. They can pick apart every pretension with clarity and alacrity.
Some move mountains through prayers. They pray and tarry before the Lord until something happens. They do not pray for themselves, instead of for the Body of Christ. They intercede until the balance in the spiritual realm is redressed.
Some, out of their lips flow words of praise and worship. Poetically, they compose songs and sing for His glory. They do not sing for fame or gold but His glory. They lead others in worshipping the Almighty through songs, hymns and psalms.
The list of giftings, talents and abilities is endless. God did not create standard human beings. It is imperative to realise these entire people do the work of God. They are co-labourers/co-workers with God. The body is one but with many organs; all working in harmony.
That pastor in the remotest part of KwaZulu Natal in South Africa, Turkana in Kenya, Songea in Tanzania, Cambodia, and the Gambia has his work cut out. They may never be identical, and never expect them to be the same. However, they are parts of one Body. They will never speak in the same style, never in a similar fashion but they are still of one Body.
They may never present the product of their gifting or talent in a standard package, but they are still operating in the power of the Holy Spirit. Just imagine the Body of Christ without that pastor in remotest parts of Angola! Imagine the Body of Christ without that usher in Kathmandu, Timbuktu! Just imagine the Body of Christ without you! It would be dull and unproductive.
By this, I don’t intend to imply that you cannot sing, pray or do other stuff on your own. And thus no need of being taken out of context. Feel free to share with me your views and experiences.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.”1 Cor. 12:12-14 (NIV).