One of my favourite passages in the Bible, at the moment, is 1 Cor 12:12-27 – we are the body! There was a time when I wasn’t so keen on this passage. Perhaps it was because, although I heard pastors preach on the passage, their mentoring and discipleship tended to churn out little copies of themselves. They weren’t really encouraging a ‘body’ but cloning.
A human body is a complex thing. While there are 5 senses, there are 206 bones, about 360 joints, over 600 muscles and over 900 ligaments. The heart pumps blood through almost 600 miles of blood vessels including 300 million capillaries. There are many different ‘parts’ of a body.
A body isn’t just about 1 part, or 5 types of parts. It is about lots of unique individual parts. So when Paul talks about a body, I think many unique parts – not just 4 or 5 different ‘types’. The questions that I most like exploring with people are ‘how do you uniquely fit in the body?’ and ‘What is special about what God has put in you?’
There are a lot of things that go into the unique you. These include your history, your passions, your skills and your training. Most importantly for me is the idea of your personality traits. These are part of you as a result of your responses to your history, your skills and your training.
There are a number of tools that are helpful in understanding your personality traits. These include Myers-Briggs, DISC or the Network course. However the one I find most helpful is Gallup’s Strength-finders. The reason for this is that it treats people as unique individuals and helps people understand the areas where they will grow the most and be most effective or in Gallup’s language – your talents! When we focus on our talents we become more effective and successful in whatever we are doing.
In this series of blogs I will explore the idea of our talents, how they might look in church and help you understand some more about how you fit in the body.
Take a moment to think about what you most like doing? Doing this will be using your talents. Then consider when you feel like time flies. What are you doing then? These things will be related to your talents.