As I prepared to write the recent revelation the Lord gave to me on submission, He said to me, "How are you going to move on and not teach the non-leadership gifts?" Of course, our God is a God of wisdom.
We have mentioned many times that the 5-Fold Ministry is the government of God, therefore, that government refers to spiritual leadership. Thus, there are gifts and offices in the Body of Christ, that do not fall within the 5-Fold Ministry. Let's take a look at them.
1 Corinthians 12:27-30
27 Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.
28 And God hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues.
29 Are all apostles? are all prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles?
30 Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Notice how Apostolic Order is structured here, it mentions that not all fall within the 5-Fold ministry, then it lists quite a few gifts that are not.
The gift of helps refers to the God-given ability and desire to give assistance to the work of the ministry, or to the people in the Body of Christ. There are many ways to view this gift of helps.
Romans 12:8 - Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
A gift of helps can manifest itself as a gift of mercy. A gift of mercy refers to those who constantly desire to help or care for individuals. Usually, this individual will always have someone in their home that they are taking care of or someone that they are helping to finance their way through life. This gift shows mercy to the less fortunate. Notice that Paul instructs those that show mercy to do so with cheerfulness. This is so because the ability to give and the desire to give both come from God. Therefore, rejoice because God is using you.
1 Timothy 6:17 - Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate;
To operate the gift of helps, God will often give those with the gift surplus of that thing that they are called to give away. Notice, that the Lord has called the rich to be ready to distribute. This is an aspect of the calling of the rich. They must be willing to share their riches with the Body of Christ. This is considered a "good work" in the eyes of the Father. Good work here simply means "a work of God."
Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.
A helper is always willing to go without for the sake of the gospel and ministry of Jesus Christ. A helper is not only equipped with wealth, on the contrary, they might not be wealthy at all, but God has blessed them with a gift or talent that will in turn help the ministry. Once, they realize how they can help they will devote their lives to it.
So whether it is a gift of technology, a gift of design, or even a gift to administrate, the gift of helps will always give of itself to further the ministry.
"Governments" is not considered a gift in 1 Corinthians 12. Governments refer to the leadership board that is set in place to effectively run the church. Namely, deacons and auxiliary boards. These are leaders in the Body of Christ, however, they may not have a 5-Fold Ministry Gift. However, they are given a position by the wisdom of God to lead an aspect of the church.
These will have the wisdom to effectively cultivate their office, through the instructions given to them of their apostle, through their pastor.
1 And in those days, when the number of the disciples was multiplied, there arose a murmuring of the Grecians against the Hebrews, because their widows were neglected in the daily ministration.
2 Then the twelve called the multitude of the disciples unto them, and said, It is not reason that we should leave the word of God, and serve tables.
3 Wherefore, brethren, look ye out among you seven men of honest report, full of the Holy Ghost and wisdom, whom we may appoint over this business.
4 But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
5 And the saying pleased the whole multitude: and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Ghost, and Philip, and Prochorus, and Nicanor, and Timon, and Parmenas, and Nicolas a proselyte of Antioch:
6 Whom they set before the apostles: and when they had prayed, they laid their hands on them.
7 And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.
8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people.
This gift of tongues is quite a misunderstood gift. However, this gift is also set in the body to edify it, and not only it but the gift of interpretation as well.
1 Corinthians 13:1
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
1 Corinthains 14:2
For he that speaketh in an unknown tongue speaketh not unto men, but unto God: for no man understandeth him; howbeit in the spirit he speaketh mysteries.
The gift of tongues is the God-given ability to speak in a languages that the speaker doesn't know. This can be an earthly or a heaven language. Tongues can either lift of intercession for the people to God to be a form of prophesying, however, it remains a mystery until someone interprets the tongue. Therefore, the scripture suggests, Wherefore let him that speaketh in an unknown tongue pray that he may interpret.
1 Corinthians 12:30
Have all the gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?
Contrary to popular belief, not all people speak in tongues. Therefore this too is a measure of ministry given to the Body.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth [governments], with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
Lastly, we have the act of ministry and the gift of exhortation.
A minister is a servant. We minister when we allow God to use our gift as a supply to the Body. Ministry is not a special gift, but it is a role every member of the Body must walk in. When we allow God to operate our gift, we have thus served the body.
One with the gift of exhortation has the God-given ability to encourage. God will put words and passion in the mouth of this individual to help to keep you within the boundaries of the faith, or even continue seeking God for salvation. In times when it seems that nothing can bless or encourage you, these have just the right words to do so. Also, these often have the ability to minister the word with passion, that will excite the hearers.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
The proportion of faith refers to the gift you have. It is how God is using your vessel. We all must not envy each other's gifts, but esteem them. God has given you a measure, and if you operate within you God-given lane, you will be a tremendous blessing to the Body of Christ. If you try to go outside your lane, you will struggle in operating and will go shipwreck.
I love you all
Apostle Kareem Flowers
Sunrise with Jesus