Find your Place and Fulfill your Call
And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret? But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way. (1 Corinthians 12:28-31)
You have a call from God for serving His body. 1 Corinthians 12:28-31 includes every position God needs to be filled to serve His body. Apostles start churches, Bible schools, or other ministries. Missionaries often have an apostolic call. Prophets speak the mind of God with precision. Teachers are anointed to explain the Word clearly.
Miracles and gifts of healing are part of the evangelist’s ministry. Governments means to steer in the original Greek text; it refers to pastors. Pastors steer the church and issue marching orders to God's people. Diversities of tongues, in these particular verses, refers specifically to tongues with interpretation. If you've never witnessed that gift in action, it might seem different at first. It often operates in a public assembly or church service. One person, by the Holy Ghost's unction, will speak forth something in an unknown language.
Another will interpret the message. Tongues and interpretation, when operated together, are equal to the spiritual gift of prophecy. Not everyone is called to minister as an apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, pastor or in tongues and interpretation for a public service. Everyone, however, is called to helps. Lawyers, business owners, artists, writers, teachers, factory workers, cooks, service professionals - whatever you do outside the church - there’s something you can also do to help your church.
Practical Application – Ushers, singers, musicians, tech support, Children's Church teachers, parking lot workers, building maintenance, and special event coordinators are just a few of the helps positions available in most churches. Find your place and fulfill the call of God on your life!
Romans 12:6; 1 Corinthians 12:5