(I am interrupting my translation of Ruth for the next few weeks. I’ll return to the translation after I return from Ethiopia.)
A couple of days ago, I wrote a post called “Exclusivity of Spiritual Gifts.” In that post, I suggested that there is a difference between a certain function and the spiritual gift related to that function. Thus, someone who is NOT gifted in a certain way could still function in that same way. Although, those gifted in a certain way would probably function in that way more consistently or regularly.
In response, Mark said the following in a comment:
I believe the Lord is currently using me as a â€œsent oneâ€, to do a specific task in my community, but I donâ€™t believe that I am an apostle.
I asked if he would explain what he meant, and he left a longer comment. I thought Mark’s comment was too good to leave in the comments:
As an answer to your question let me preface by saying the following. I strongly believe that the Spirit is moving to build a true expression of the Body of Christ on the earth, something that hasnâ€™t had consistent visibility for a long time. There just seems to be such a great â€œcalling outâ€. Having said that, I believe that the work he has me doing â€œas an apostleâ€ is along those lines.
My wife and I own two businesses in our town, she a coffee shop/scrapbook store/bridal registry/catering business, etc., and me a family medicine clinic. Her business has been open 3 years, mine 2 years. We strongly feel like these business are the work of the Lord in our community, as the opportunity to touch othersâ€™ lives is tremendous. In the last year He has begun knitting us together with some individuals who have begun walking outside of traditional Christianity. In the last year the group has gone from being just a â€œbible studyâ€ among friends, that would meet sometimes and sometimes not, into a fledgling community, where we understand more and more what we are and who we are, and can identify that there is more going on here than just a â€œbible studyâ€. Now, to answer your question. I feel that I am here plowing ground, hard, crusted ground. I feel that we have been sent here for a specific task, to do the groundwork for the ultimate work that He wants to do. As such, I feel like we are â€œsent onesâ€, as I believe He had this specific task in mind for us, and uniquely prepared us for it. Beyond the manner in which we are currently functioning, I donâ€™t see myself as an apostle, as I stated in my post. I believe I will be in this community for many years, and serve within this local body until much later in life, if not until He takes me.
I hope this is an adequate explanation.
And, I hope that you enjoyed Mark’s explanation as much as I did.
(To Mark: Thank you for allowing me to post this comment. I didn’t have a link to your blog or website, but if you send it to me, or leave it in the comments, I’ll be glad toÂ add it to this post.)