Is gift required for all spiritual work?

Is gift required for all spiritual work?

Not every Christian can speak in the assembly, but all can fulfill the responsibility to "exhort (encourage) one another daily" (Hebrews 3:13) by writing notes (Philemon 7) or speaking personally (Acts 18:26). Gift does not enhance "praying in the Spirit" (Ephesians 6:18). Our placing undue emphasis on capability displaces dependence on the Spirit and undervalues the work of the Spirit in a believer. Business-like efficiency and effectiveness is helpful when coupled with evidence of the Spirit’s working within; when alone, it is unproductive spiritually in contrast to the hesitating labors of a Spirit-filled believer. We must do God’s work in the best possible manner, while remembering that we can accomplish such work only by the Spirit’s energy.

Some spiritual work, however, requires spiritual gift. Not every brother ought to be preaching the gospel or ministering to the saints or leading a Bible reading, nor should anyone whom God exercises for such work fail to find encouragement to do it.

D. Oliver