I once again listened to a fantastic talk by R.C. Sproul titled, God’s Will and Your Vocation. It is a podcast dated from Jan 18th, 2012 and can be accessed in iTunes if you look for Renewing Your Mind with R.C. Sproul. Dr. Sproul heads Ligonier Ministries.
What he said so hit me that I took notes this time and will be posting them here.
How do you know that the work that you are engaged in terms of your life’s work is where God wants you to be and where you ought to be and whether you fit in that role?
And I had been looking with you at chapter 12 of Romans in our last session and I want to go back and look at this again. Chapter 12, beginning in verse 2,
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
Now I think we have heard that phrase before – “By the renewing of your mind.”
“That you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
I mean what we are trying to do here is to come to a clear evidence and attestation of the will of God and we neod renewed minds and the transformation of the Word of God. And the context of this is that we ought not to be mimicking the secular world out of a kind of conformity to the patterns of the secular world in seeking to prove what is the will of God.
And it is again in this context that Paul goes on in verse 3,
“For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:3-8
Now, I think the first thing we need to see about this list of gifts that Paul gives here in Romans, which is not dissimilar to what he expounds in 1st Corinthians. I think the first thing we should see is that this list is not exhaustive, but it is representative. Its kind of – for example.“
[My Comment: Exactly! R.C. Sproul is right! Some people are gifted with the ability to network with others very well, others are gifted with the ability to write… Paul does not mention any of this.]
[cut] … Whereas Paul is saying, “No.” That there is a function for everybody in the Church and all of these function are are necessary for the Church to perform her mission.