I woke up in the middle of the night last night thinking about how God spiritually gifted us all. Usually that is a sure sign God wants me to teach on that topic. Why? Because teaching God’s Word to women is what He spiritually gifted me to do.
What are you spiritually gifted to do? Do you know?
Throughout the past eighteen years of ministry to women, I often hear women say they aren’t gifted. But, that is not true. If you belong to Jesus, He gave you a spiritual gift.
1 Corinthians 12:7 says, “But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all.”
Now let’s back track a bit.
There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of the Spirit, but it is the same God who works all in all.
1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Spiritually Gifted To Be Different
My country, raised mother has an old country saying for everything. One of those sayings comes to mind right now, “Their heart beats to the beat of a different drummer.” That meant, whoever she was talking about was different, i.e. different from her. Actually, she said that about me too. I never really minded being “a different drummer.” You see, different isn’t just a good thing; different is a God thing. He spiritually gifted us to be different. BUT!
Different With a Purpose
Throughout my past 18 years in ministry, I worked with many people spiritually gifted in many different ways. In 2009 God gave me an unexpected opportunity to produce and host a Christian women’s talk show on a local television station. Excited about the opportunity and overwhelmed with the task before me, I called together a group of women to dream and start the vision process for the television show.
Our group consisted of women from different age groups, different denominations, and different backgrounds. Under other circumstances, this group might have struggled to connect with one another, but our unique callings and gifts were unified through our purpose and through Christ. We came together with one purpose, one focus, and one extraordinary, extravagant God.
Leading up to our time together my On Fire Ministries team prayed together for God to lead and guide our steps in preparation for this meeting. At the end of our first dream session for the tv show, one dear sister in Christ stated, “I believe we accomplished more in one night than in the past year all together.” I believe we pictured the church.
Spiritually Gifted To Be Different, Divinely Called To Be One
Let’s look at the early church. When the early church began as recorded in the book of Acts, one impacting aspect of Jesus followers was that they were “with one accord.” This word in the original Greek language is “homothumadon” meaning with one mind, with one accord, with one passion.
Here are the passages regarding the initiation of the early church that used homothumadon:
- These all continued with one accord (homothumadon) in prayer and supplication… Acts 1:14
- When the day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord (homothumadon) in one place. Acts 2:1
- So continuing daily with one accord (homothumadon)… the Lord added to the church daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47
- …they raised their voice to God with one accord (homothumadon)…And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness. Acts 4:24 & 31
- And through the hands of the apostles many signs and wonders were done among the people. And they were all with one accord (homothumadon)in Solomon’s Porch.. believers were increasingly added to the Lord… and they were all healed. Acts 5:12-16
If we study the original word, homothumadon a bit deeper, we see that the message of “different yet one” shouts louder.
Here is what I learned:
“Homothumadon is a compound of two words meaning to “rush along” and “in unison”. The image is almost musical; a number of notes are sounded which, while different, harmonise in pitch and tone. As the instruments of a great concert under the direction of a concert master, so the Holy Spirit blends together the lives of members of Christ’s church.”
-quote from The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the New Testament
As the body of Christ, God intended us to live with one accord, i.e. homothumadon, all for the sake and glory of Jesus. Like different instruments making different sounds at different times for a different effect, we play in unison. We play along side other different instruments in one accord with the purpose of playing one song. Our song glorifies Jesus and impacts His kingdom.
This works. I saw the saw evidence in my OnFire Ministries’ dream session for our Christian Women’s television show. And I have seen it repeatedly operate in various ministry settings throughout my eighteen years in ministry.
Dear Sisters, do you have relationships with other believers that you can say, “When we get together, we are “homothumadon,” and it has an eternal effect”? If you can’t say yes to that, ask the Lord to give you “homothumadon” relationships in which you can see eternal effects.