Although spiritual gifts are one of God’s ways to build a healthy Church, many Christians aren’t operating in them.
We discussed the crisis of spiritual gifts in the Church and what a spiritual gift is. Now we discuss what a spiritual gift is not.
Last week we shared a statistic in the Church. Although spiritual gifts are vital to the health of Christ’s Body on earth, a survey revealed that the majority of respondents (63%) didn’t have a biblical understanding and/or a practical application of spiritual gifts.
A few years ago, the Barna Group released results from a multiple year survey involving 3,000 self-described Christians. When I read the results, I laughed out loud. I couldn’t help it—some of the responses were funny to me. But as I thought more, the hilarity faded. Here was a glimpse into the Church and I lamented what I saw.
Why prophecy? God has other means to communicate. He can paint a message in the sky, speak through your gerbil, line up pebbles in the road. Why should God use humans to deliver His messages? I mean, humans aren’t the most reliable creatures. We slip and fall, we seek our own ambitions. Why doesn’t God do it Himself?
One time I visited a new church. During the worship time, the man in front of me turned around, laid his hand on my shoulder and said God had a word for me. I was shocked. I wasn’t used to this type of thing. If God wanted to say something to me, why not just tell me Himself?