“Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
1 Corinthians 12:4-7
It can be difficult for some people to truly understand the diversity of gifts concept; yet, simply put, every single person in a church is significant, not just for their talents or gifts, but also for their diversity of character. Whether it is a young child with a penny, or an Oprah-like person with billions, each person is there to teach us a lesson. For example, the child with the penny can teach us humility; while the person with billions can teach us perseverance, generosity, or even frugality.
The diversity of characters, personalities, and gifts, within the church, create a microcosm of society and teaches us how to evolve spiritually given the diversity within the body of Christ.
Does this mean we are going to have some people who are a little nutty?-Yes! A little snobbish?-Yes! A little outlandish? -Yes! Will there be some serious bible-thumping holy-rollers? -Yes! And, what about those who barely toe-the-line. -Oh Yes! However, all are seeking a closer walk with God in their own way. The Bible says, "every man must bear his own burden..." as he or she seeks a personal walk and commitment to God.
The issue is not with the cast of diverse characters; the issue is how you react and interact with them. And, although we are all working towards the same end-goal, your interactions with the entire cast of characters will determine your own level of growth within the body of Christ. Remember, Jesus himself found a motley crew of diverse characters that He dubbed the Twelve Disciples. Why would the personalities in your church be any different than those He took the time to select as His beloved followers? L.
Study Reference: 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
From;"Gifts." In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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