The gifts of the Spirit as described in 1 Corinthians chapter 12 help leaders maintain an ‘edge’ in our ministry. They are critical conveyors of the voice of God to keep us sharp and alert as leaders in the body of Christ. The speaking gifts (wisdom, knowledge, tongues, interpretation, prophecy) all have a prophetic edge to convey the heart of the Father for our life, our ministry, our vision, our kingdom purpose. This prophetic voice is critical to honing our ‘edge’ as leaders. It is critical to making decisions.
For example, I was called to be a pastor in the late 1980’s. However, it was not until 2000 that a prophetic word brought back the edge to that call. It served as a launching pad for moving me into pastoral ministry. After pastoring part time (in addition to my regular full time job) for a couple years I became anxious, perhaps even overly anxious, to leave my secular career and spend more time pastoring. Again, a prophetic word from someone (who didn’t even know they were speaking prophetically) told me to hold off but I would know when the time was right. That word saved me from moving too quickly from one season of my life to the next. The word honed the edge spiritually to align me with God’s timing and season for ministry.
Leaders, allow the gifts of the Spirit to speak in your life and you will hone the edge of your ministry.
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