In this series on spiritual gifts, I have noted that there are varieties of gifts but the same Spirit, there are varieties of ministries but the same Lord, there are varieties of effects but the same God who works all things in all persons.
Every Christian has a unique combination of spiritual gifts that combined with their talents and abilities helps them to serve Christ’s church in submission and obedience to God’s Word and to the benefit and needs of their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ.
In continuing the spiritual gifts series, I want to discuss why the need for God to grow our faith is so vital to our removing of "Self" from our Christian life. I have already established that self is one of the greatest barriers to a healthy church. It is also one of the greatest barriers to properly using spiritual gifts in the church.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.
Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. (Romans 12:1 NASB)
When we think of barriers we obviously think of something that either blocks or limits something. Usually, this is the blocking of a pathway we are attempting to do down or a blocking off of a section or a room that someone does not intend for us to go into. A barrier can also be a limitation on someone or something that prevents it from growing or developing past a certain point.
It is vitally important that when it comes to our spiritual growth both as individuals and as a church, that we do not add any barriers to the pathway to spiritual maturity and unity. The Christian life is hard enough with the spiritual warfare that we already have to engage in each and every day with Satan that we don't need to add any barriers of our own to the equation.
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. (1 Corinthians 12:4-7 NASB)