Last weekend, a few cast and crew from He Leadeth Me, had the pleasure of visiting Oak Hill church in Bloomington MN. On Saturday, we held a workshop for our cast where we sat down together to read the first official draft of the script! Sunday we worshiped with the church, many of whom are good friends and alumni of our organization, and Pastor Nick Mundis shared a great message on spiritual gifts. Yes, the very same Pastor Nick Mundis from our cast. You can hear his message here:
I never buy puzzles from garage sales. The reason for this is very simple. When I was little my grandma would get us puzzles from garage sales and they would, without fail, be missing pieces. Grandma would discount my complaints of the missing pieces by saying, “You know what the piece would look like anyway.” I loved my grandma very much, but I hated those incomplete puzzles.
I also didn’t care much for the ramifications of a fishing trip with my son and brother where I assumed every aspect of the boat was all put together. I was wrong! It was just one cheap little part that wasn’t in its proper place – the drain plug. I didn’t realize my dad’s process was to remove the plug when the boat was back on the trailer and put it back in right before putting the boat back in the water. The good news is that we managed to beach the boat before it sank – barely! Everything turned out fine other than we didn’t catch many fish at all.
I bring you these two examples simply to point out how nice it is when things are complete, and all the pieces are in place. Don’t you love it when something fits together properly or works just as it should. Isn’t it a reason to rejoice when you go to fix something, and you find out all the necessary tools are in the toolbox? Doesn’t a smile come across your face when you realize you have all the ingredients you need for your Thanksgiving meal, so you don’t need to battle the crowds at Cub one more time?
It is a good thing to have all that is needed!
This is the way God designed His Church. Nothing is lacking for the Church to accomplish all that God has called it to do. Everything is in place for God’s perfect plan even though we aren’t quite able to see things with the clarity God does. All I need to do is look in the mirror to see how limited humanity is. I can also take a look around Oak Hill and see that it is made up of a bunch of imperfect people just like me. With that in mind how can God speak so highly of our “deficient” group?
In a nutshell, the answer is that He has chosen to get involved! When our God gets involved He always follows through and completes. God the Father sent His Son to set us free from the power of sin and death. Once that was accomplished, the Holy Spirit moved into the hearts and minds of followers of Jesus to guide us, encourage us and equip us to be God’s people in this place. We are called the Church or the Body of Christ or the Family of God.
Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.
I Corinthians 1:7
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
I Corinthians 12
Now about the gifts of the Spirit, brothers and sisters, I do not want you to be uninformed. You know that when you were pagans, somehow or other you were influenced and led astray to mute idols. Therefore I want you to know that no one who is speaking by the Spirit of God says, “Jesus be cursed,” and no one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.
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.
Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all have gifts of healing? Do all speak in tongues? Do all interpret? Now eagerly desire the greater gifts.