Occasionally something catches our attention and we just have to write about it. It may be administrative, It may be theological, but always a thoughtful rambling.
“And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.” – 1 Corinthians 12:28 ESV
Today, my Facebook was full of posts and reposts of a call to action on a regional political action.
As I considered the conversation at hand, the prophetic stance that was being claimed and balancing the conversation with my own calling to administrative ministry, It got me thinking…
When we say we welcome everyone at the table, the whole conversation has to include gifts and graces as well as culture, context and community. We have those among us who have a strong prophetic voice. We have those among us who consider the administrative and legal side of the issue. We have those who teach the biblical principles that undergird our movement. We have those who stand hand and hand with those on both sides. We have those who guide and direct us all as we move and work.
In participating in a conversation such as this one, I realize again that my part in the larger Church’s ministry is to add the administrative voice to the mix. By saying, “be sure you pay attention to this rule or that law”, I am not saying what you are doing is wrong, I am just adding my gifts and graces to the movement.
I wish I was bold enough to be a prophet, but I am not. But I am the one who knows the lines and will help you try not to cross them as you are being prophetic. I will try to keep the Church in good standing while at the same time supporting the Church serve the world and share the gospel. The scripture calls me, the administrator, just as it calls the prophet.
Some of the parts are more vocal than others, but all are necessary for the Body to function.
“Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” – 1 Corinthians 12:12 NIV
I think we can help each other. I hope we can.
Ramblings humbly submitted by Rev. Micah James