Spiritual Gift Exchange

Just like that Christmas sweater I got, I want to exchange my spiritual gift! Yes, I know the 1 Corinthians 12 analogy about the body. Sure, the toe is just as important as the hand and the eye cannot say to the feet “I don’t need you” and therefore all parts of the body are equal and important. So yes, I get that all the spiritual gifts are needed and are a vital part of the church.

But come on! Administration? Really? It’s like the most common of all the gifts. Sort of like having A+ blood. It’s good to donate it and sick people need it, but no one gets all that excited about it when you go into the blood donation center. Why couldn’t I get something a bit flashier?


Wisdom would be cool. Everyone coming to you for advice and counsel. Or prophecy, where you have like a gigabit/sec broadband connection straight to God (maybe that should be called God Speed?). Speaking in tongues could be useful in times of low faith—who could have doubts when you are speaking a language you don’t even know! Or better yet, tongues interpretation! How neat would it be to stand there listening to someone speak in tongues and then casually say, “Yea, well, he just said…”. But nope, I got administration.

So I decided to look it up. Seems what we call “the gift of administration” today was originally “kubernesis” in Greek. Sounds cooler already! And to the Greeks, it was a term that referred to a shipmaster or captain and dealt with steering a ship or maybe even ruling or governing. It sort of refers to someone who guides and directs a group of people toward a goal or destination. So with this gift, the Holy Spirit enables certain Christians (like me!) to organize, direct, and implement plans that help others in the various ministries of the Church. We are goal and task oriented and deal well with details and organization. I think this means that without us administrators, nothing at all would ever get done in the church! So maybe we are pretty important after all. Those old hands and eyes really do need the toes if they don’t want to constantly topple over!

So I guess I’ll keep my gift and be happy to be an administrator (you don’t have the gift of discernment do you?). After all, if God gave it to me in the first place—and odds are He didn’t make a mistake when he did it—I better value it and figure out how to best use it for His Kingdom work! Got a mess you need organized? I’m the administrator for you!

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