“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4-5
As members of the body of Christ, God has uniquely gifted us to play an important role in the work of the Church (1 Corinthians 12-14). The gifts God has given us should contribute to the fulfillment of the responsibilities of the church – including missions. Even if only 5% of the people in the church have a calling to cross-cultural service, the spiritual gifts of the other 95% still have as much a bearing on missions as they have at home.
For instance, if you are gifted in helping other people, you can not only help friends and fellow believers but also non-believers and missionaries.
Are you an encourager? Missionaries love to receive letters and emails with words of encouragement.
Are you musically talented? Musicians are quite helpful on the mission field and in motivating other Christians to a commitment to missions.
Do you have a knack for making money? Consider financing people to take the Gospel to cultures which have never had a witness or a Bible!
Are you a teacher? Part of teaching and educating the body of Christ is to equip them for spreading the knowledge of God to others.
Do you have the resource of time? Budget that time to get serious about regular prayer for missionaries and people in need of Christ.
The list goes on. We must remember that Jesus would not have commanded us to go and make disciples of all nations unless He knew we were capable of completing the task. He gave us the tools to do so. Are we responding? There is a great need for participation in mission, either right at home or across the world.
Do you see the big picture? God gave us a glimpse into the future to John in Revelation:
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
be praise and honor and glory and power,
for ever and ever!”
Consider your own spiritual gifting and calling; how can you work in partnership with the body of Christ to participate in mission around the globe to see the task finished? Maybe you are being called to participate in mission with SAMS. Discover how SAMS Missionaries are using their gifts around the world here.