1 Corinthians 12:28 (NIV)
And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance, and of different kinds of tongues.
Last week we introduced the topic of spiritual gifts. We learned that developing and sustaining your spiritual growth is not solely for the purpose of your life but also for others and the Kingdom of God. As it is written in 1 Peter 4:10, “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms.” This week will will discuss our first spiritual gift, administration.
Consider the following:
Today’s scripture 1 Corinthians 12:28 reads that God has designed designated people to steer the body toward the accomplishment of God-given goals and directives by planning, organizing, and supervising others. The Greek word for the spiritual gift of administration is Kubernesis, which means to steer, guide, rule or govern. An example would be a helmsmen, one who steers a ship, is a shipmaster or captain. This gift carries the idea of someone who guides and directs a group of people toward a goal or destination. We see variations of this word in verses like Acts 27:11, “But the officer in charge of the prisoners listened more to the ship’s captain and the owner than to Paul (NLT), and Revelation 18:17, “In a single moment all the wealth of the city is gone!” And all the captains of the merchant ships and their passengers and sailors and crews will stand at a distance” (NLT). The Holy Spirit enables certain Christians to organize, direct, and implement plans to lead others in the various ministries of the Church. This gift is closely related to the gift of Leadership. However, administration is different from leadership because administration is more goal or task oriented and is also more concerned with details and organization. Some experts indicate that the gift of administration allows a person to organize people and resources for greater efficiency, effectiveness, and success. Administrators have the natural ability to apply resources where they will do the greatest good, and are good with details and are deeply aware of how all the parts of a group or organization work together to achieve their goals.