You know, God put some things on the inside of you and has built you for a purpose for which you should be excited about.
I fully believe that after salvation, the most important truth a Christian can understand is: God has put inside each of us a unique spiritual gift set to use in the body of Christ. This gift set will work and flow in harmony with the knowledge base and skill set that you use and apply every day. Whether on the job, at school, or in the home God has built you for a purpose.
God is always at work, even from the time before you were born. As you grow and learn throughout your life you develop a knowledge base and skill-set. In addition, you also will learn and grow in developing your passions and things you love doing in life.
A critical mistake some Christians make is to only calculate in their spiritual gifting, or to think that God only works through the spiritual gifting. Yes, at the moment of your salvation, the Holy Spirit indwelled you and gave you a spiritual gift or even a spiritual gift set. But, what are you doing with it? What are you doing with the knowledge base and skill-set the Lord has given you in everyday life?
Biblically, the Church is understood as “the Body of Christ.” This metaphor for the Church (all those who are truly saved) is presented as: “one body in Christ” in Romans 12:5, “one body” in 1 Corinthians 10:17, “the body of Christ” in 1 Corinthians 12:27 and Ephesians 4:12, and “the body” in Hebrews 13:3. The Church is clearly equated with “the body” of Christ in Ephesians 5:23 and Colossians 1:24.
The Bible is clear in 1 Peter 4:10 that “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” So, think about this for a minute. There are three basic truths about your knowledge base, skill-set, and your spiritual gifts:
- You a part of the body, thus every part belongs and has a reason for being in the body.
- You a part of the body and every part needs the other parts.
- You a part of the body and should be doing something for the body.
So, when you really consider it, God put each part into the church (the Body of Christ) just like He wanted (1 Corinthians 12:18). Also, when you look inside first Corinthians 12 you’ll see a prescription for the fact that everybody should be doing something. Even more so, the calling and stuff God put in side you, you cannot just give it back or do away with it (Romans 11:29).
God wants us to off the pew and to get into the game of life. To get off the bench, so to speak. This requires intentional involved in the ministry He has for us.
Pew sitting is not a spiritual gift.