Tuesday Re-mix – This is a popular post from last year, updated and resubmitted for your consideration and comments.
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13
Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. I Corinthians 12:7
When I was in elementary school it was kind of a big deal how big your box of crayons was. They had little boxes of 8, bigger boxes of 24, large boxes of 48 and then they had the super duper extra large box of 64. That last one was the one you wanted. It was important. You just never knew when you might need those odd colors like goldenrod or periwinkle. You wanted options. You didn’t want to find yourself limited to just a few simple colors, especially if you had a project that demanded a broader spectrum. You didn’t just want “red”. You wanted every imaginable shade and phase of red. It was frustrating trying to color pictures with a few colors when an entire palette of colors was required in order to get it right.
In that same vein, I’ve always been troubled by interpretations of “Spiritual gifts” which purport to limit the “gifts” to a list of 5 or 9 or 14 gifts. I know there are several New Testament passages which discuss spiritual gifts and which do list specific examples of them, but I …