Giftedness and The Five Fold Ministry
is a lot of talk about giftedness these days. Certainly parents
are interested in what gifts, abilities and talents their children
have and how they can help them develop. There are many types
of gifts and talents. In the church we have natural talents
and gifts and spiritual gifts as well. Each one of these abilities
has been given by God at no cost to the recipient. Hence the
term gifts. When we look at what a gift is, we like to define
it as an ability which exceeds average performance, with average
effort. In other words there is a "grace" to do something
well with relatively nominal effort. If gifts are the grace
of God flowing through a person, we aught to have respect for
every person's gift because it is God who is behind its use.
If a church or person feels they are lacking in power, then
to begin to use the group's gifts more effectively will bring
about the power (grace) of God in their midst. Each person's
giftings are for this reason very important for the church.
However, we have only given lip service to the development and
nurturing of the five fold ministry, and giftedness within the
Body of Christ. Our Churches are not structured to provide adequate
mentoring or development of the grace of God within each Body.
If we really understand giftedness and the interdependent nature
of the five fold ministry and the value that has for the work
of the church, we would quickly make changes. We would invest
everything in the "mining" of those talents and abilities
which will by grace bear eternal fruit for the Kingdom of God.
The grace of God is the way we were saved and the grace of God
flowing through the Body of Christ is the way the lost will
A Journey In The Wilderness -
Becoming Fruitful In The Kingdom