Continuing with some definitions of what spiritual gifts look like. If you recognise yourself in either of these, consider speaking to your local minister.
Gifts of administration include the divine enablement to understand what makes an organisation function, and the special ability to organise and execute procedures that accomplish the goals of the ministry or organisation. A person with this gift has the ability to organise and manage people, resources, and time for effective ministry; they are able to coordinate many details and execute the plans of leadership. The Greek word for administration is, literally, the word for “to steer a ship.” It means to guide, to pilot. How do you know if you have this gift? One of the ways is that you have the ability to “balance several balls at the same time”. Some people can only work on one thing at a time. But people with this gift can juggle several things at once, and they are always looking for more efficient ways of doing things. Constantly asking, “How can this be done more efficiently?”, “What’s a more effective way to do this?” Typically people with
this gift know how to delegate; they are adept at getting others involved; they don’t try to do everything themselves. People with this gift can work with the details of a project without losing sight of the bigger picture. If you don’t have this gift, when you get into the details, you lose the big picture. Administrative people not only see it but also have the ability to be organised.
This gift is the divine enablement to see unmet needs in the church family and take the initiative to provide practical assistance quickly, cheerfully, and without a need for recognition. Yahweh has called all of us to serve and to have a servant’s heart. But people with the gift of helps don’t have to be told. They see a need; and want to meet that need; their motivation is purely, “I want to be helpful”. The work may be manual, physical or spiritual. These people have no need (and in fact they don’t want) to be, in the forefront; they don’t want to be on stage, it makes them nervous.
Those with gifts of helps seem to have spiritual antennae that are constantly alert and often these people have a high energy level. They’re very practical and efficiently get tasks done. They feel fulfilled when they are assisting people who are in the more visible roles. These people are typically very unselfish; they are willing to do whatever it takes and don’t feel that anything is below them. They realise the principle that it is all Yahweh’s work and whatever we do, we do it for Him. The church needs lots of people with the gift of helps; it’s a demonstration of Yahweh’s love.
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