This is something I spoke at my church for Grandparent’s Day in 2015. It is based upon a blog post I found in my research for the subject.
Grandparents are a blessing. They are also the “little foxes” that like to spoil the “vine” of our children, too. It is humorous to watch grandparents. What was once a colossal “no-no” to us as their children is cute and adorable with their grandchildren.
My children’s grandparents hand out more money than I remember my parents ever doing. I can remember how hard it was as a child to get a quarter to buy some candy or a trinket toy from the front of a restaurant. But now, those same hands seem to rain dollar bills like the Sunday School Candy Rains of years past.
I came across this verse and it made me think about spiritual gifts.
“And God has appointed these in the church: first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, administrations, varieties of tongues.” (1 Corinthians 12:25, NKJV)
Did you see it? Let’s try it in the NLT…
“Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership, those who speak in unknown languages.” (1 Corinthians 12:25, NLT)
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Paul shares a list of things God appoints for the church (a.k.a. gifts) and in this list is leadership. Leadership doesn’t seem spiritual does it?
A little later on in 1 Corinthians Paul says, “Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts…” (1 Corithians 14:1a).
I think just like it is important for someone to pursue after the necessary gifts of miracles and church planting, it is just as important to pursue leadership. We need leaders in our homes, churches, and businesses.