I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things. — Mother Teresa

You can do a lot on your own. In fact, there are a lot of things that are easier to do by yourself: brushing your teeth, organizing your things just the way you like them, or perfecting your dance moves in the bedroom mirror.

But there are some things you just can’t do alone: have a party, play catch, have a secret handshake, or live the abundant life.

In 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 (The Message) Paul says:

"Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people […] all this [variety] makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together […] no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.”

The Holy Spirit wants to teach us and guide us. He wants to give us gifts that we can use to build up each other and to build up the Kingdom of God. But even when we are filled with the Spirit, none of us can carry out the Great Commission alone. It takes working together and sharing our gifts to accomplish Christ’s mission. Lucky for you, we’ve thought of some great ways to get started.

updated September 2019

Photo Credit: Aidan Meyer