Today's lesson comes from Geoff Vuleta, C.E.O. of Fahrenheit 212, an innovation consulting firm in Manhattan:What are you good at? Are you doing a lot of it? One of the most damaging things to individual productivity is trying to take care of many different things. Remember the saying about the hedgehog: "The hedgehog knows how to do only one thing, but he does it extremely well."
"I try to uncover what people are really good at doing and then give them a [snip] of a lot of that to do. I really, truly believe in that.
I am the sort of person who’s never really believed in obsessing over trying to get people to do things that they are no good at anyway."
Christian discipleship's full flower is found in exactly the principle that Mr. Vuleta explained. While there are general obligations of discipleship that rest upon all those who want to follow Christ, the New Testament makes it abundantly clear that, to borrow Paul's analogy, some of us in the body of Christ are eyes, others are hands, some are feet. None do everything the body needs, but all are necessary.
What are you good at in Christian discipleship? Unless we follow the Bible's teaching of how to discover it, we won't. The central key is to discover your spiritual gifts. You can even do this online now at the UMC's web site page:
Spiritual gifts are:
* Christian vocations given by the Holy Spirit to believers to shape and form their living as disciples of Jesus Christ
* Vocational capabilities that may be, but are not necessarily, related to skills, abilities or knowledge a believer already has
* The decision of our Lord in which person receives which gift - the Spirit knows us better than we do!
* Incredibly liberating and spiritually rewarding - they are the primary means by which we find our place in the Kingdom of God!
Remember: God does not call the qualified, God qualifies the called. How is God trying to "qualify" you? Through the spiritual gifts. Find out what you gifted for and do a lot of it!