“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 NLT.
God loves His Church. He wants His people to be full of joy, fully satisfied with Himself and His provisions, lacking nothing– a healthy economy, if I may describe it that way. And to bring this about, He gives different gifts to different members; He lays different paths of service on the hearts of His individual servants; and the differences of the ways He works in the lives of individuals is limited only by His limitless imagination.
To often we, who are so limited ourselves, think that God’s dealings with us are the only way He works; we can think that our gifts from God are more important than others; we can think that our path of service to God is the only right one. But there can be no healthy, functioning body unless it is made up of thousands of members, all different from one another, all working together to bring about the will of the head.
About a year ago, I sat in on a church meeting, a planning meeting to discuss the care and support for a young refugee family of four. It was amazing to see how God provided through all the different members. One worked in healthcare, and volunteered to take care of their medical appointments. One worked in the bank, and set them up with their accounts. One had time on her hands, and an urging from God to participate; she organized everything. One had a house about to go on the market, and offered it for a place for them to live. One was a neighbor, who offered to check in on them to make sure they were cared for. Some offered time, furniture, or other items. And many others offered weekly financial support.
But all had the same goal. All were moved by compassion by God to take care of others. All wanted them to see the Love of Christ, and ultimately, to come to know and serve Him. One Lord, One Spirit, One God– but many different gifts, many paths of service, many different works of God in the individual lives of His people.