The Administrator of the Church
“All these [gifts] are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.” (1 Corinthians 12:11 NIV)
Have you noticed that Jesus spent three and a half years teaching, doing miracles, and being an example to his disciples; yet he produced very little out of those twelve in terms of discipleship? One betrayed him, one denied him three times, another doubted until the end, and all of them fled. Obviously, something else was needed; so before he left this earth, Jesus promised, “I’ve been with you; but when I leave, I’m going to send you another helper. And when he, the Holy Spirit, comes, he’s going to change everything. He will not only be with you; he will be in you. Further, I’m putting him in charge of the church. I was in charge of you when I was on earth. You didn’t move until I told you; when he comes, you’re not to move until he tells you. I’ve been your Source; now he’ll be your Source.”
So the Holy Spirit is the executor and administrator of the Christian church. The church does not belong to any pastor. Unfortunately, sometimes local fellowships get centered around charismatic figures; but that’s not the way God planned it to be. God doesn’t base his church on the whims of people. He bases the church on Jesus Christ, who ministers through the Holy Spirit, whom he sent. It is the Holy Spirit who raises up missionaries, who raises up pastors, who raises up teachers, and who raises up prophets. He’s the one who gives gifts, who gives energy, who gives grace to the church.
The church is supposed to be a spiritual organism, not an organization like Apple or AT&T. Therefore, when corporate thinking invades the church, we’re cooked; because now we’re running a church opposite to how Jesus said it was to be run— on spiritual power and principles. Yes, we should take advantage of every opportunity to spread the gospel and use any technology available, but the success of the church is not dependent upon who has the best PowerPoint or special effects or gimmicks. It is dependent upon the leading of the Holy Spirit, in the lives of individual believers and collectively.
By the way, those failed disciples turned the world upside down once the promised Holy Spirit came upon them; and now that is the hope of every believer, for Scripture tells us that we are all sealed with God’s Holy Spirit.
Let’s pray: Lord, bless our churches in the days to come. Let us all be at our posts—pastors, deacons, every member—alert, watching, praying, reading and studying your Word, winning souls, being led by your Holy Spirit. We yield to you, in Jesus’ name, Amen!
Read 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.