Spiritual Gift of Administration
As I have been reflecting on my nearly three years of working at Anglicare, I still cannot help smiling at how God led me to an administration role. In the beginning, I was blessed and overwhelmed by God giving me the opportunity to go back to work after a long time of sickness. It truly was a miracle that I love to share about God's grace and healing. However, I have also struggled over the years as I have had to put aside more creative and technically challenging work, because I felt called to the full time admin role. In all of my passions and pursuits, I had never set my goals towards administration. In all of my goals and projects, it had always been a means towards an end.
Over the past few years, I have grown in administration skills, particularly in areas in which I was very weak! I have learned a great deal of information and processes, and also felt that God has placed me in a key position in my office to lead with positivity and joy. However, it was not until the last year or so that I started hearing from the Lord about the gift of administration. I say 'started hearing' because as I look back, I am sure that God has been trying to speak to me about this for years! Probably all the way back to homeschooling when my mother (who overflows with the gift of administration!) tried to teach me basic accounting, and I declared that I was never going to do something so boring!
And yet here I am.
I love the story in Acts chapter 6 and the descriptions used of those with the gift of administration. At first the Apostles say "It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables" (v2) and they choose "seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom" (v3) to do the work. But even in the midst of 'serving tables', Stephen "full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the people." (v8)
It has taken me far too long to understand that the gift of administration is more than merely managing money on a spreadsheet! One of the key principles of administration is the active allocation of resources. In order to administrate, there has to be something to administrate! The greatest gift that God has given us to administrate is His love and truth in the Gospel.
When I began shifting my mindset and self-image to see myself as an administrator, my eyes were opened to see opportunities I did not see before. It was like having bags of wheat seed, and realising that over the years I let it go bad and decay, instead of sowing it for the crop that it was intended to produce. It started discussions between Tim and I about how the Gospel is our greatest investment, and how we would look at all our other resources (energy, time, money, and more) to be administrated for God's glory.
We are by no means perfect. We are growing as we seek the Lord about each resource we have received, and we finding greater joy in God's revelation about the purpose of that blessing. Our eyes are being shifted from the blessing alone, to the intention for which it was sent! It has simplified our lives greatly.
I love the way that gifts are described in the King James Version in 1 Corinthians 12: 4-6:
"Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all."
God has not created us the same for the same work, but it is all for His glory.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them." Eph 2:10 NASB
God is a powerful, and wonderful, and creative God! His work (before He entered His rest (Heb 4)) was the creation of heaven and earth. We are created in His image and carry His creative abilities! So to those with the gift of administration, I encourage you to keep thinking creatively about the resources God has already given you, so we might do some Divinely-inspired 'great wonders and signs among the people' together.