If you follow Jesus, you have are spiritually gifted. You have abilities that aren’t natural. They’re supernatural.
Some gifts are given to you to enhance your worship, while others are given to enable you to show love to others in the body of Christ by serving them in specific ways.
Examples of these serving gifts are found in Romans, chapter 12…
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
~ Romans 12:6-8 NIV
In other words, God has gifted some people with the ability to speak truth into your life, to lift you up when you’re down, and to take you deeper and closer in your spiritual maturity. Some of these people are known as counselors.
Some counselors offer their wisdom and advice through one-on-one discipling relationships or as small group leaders. Others go to school to obtain formal training in caring for others emotionally and mentally so that they can become licensed or certified professional counselors and therapists.
And I believe they are often a neglected gift to the body of Christ. We’ve gotten the impression that we must handle all of our own problems inside our own heads without asking for input or help from others, and that’s simply not how the body of Christ was designed by God.
There is an unnecessary stigma associated with therapy and counseling that prevents a lot of people from getting help when they need it. But truthfully,
- sometimes you need someone else to hold you up,
- sometimes you need someone else to fire you up, and
- sometimes you need someone else to build you up.
Thankfully, God has put some people around you who are willing to listen and give input, if you’re willing to reach out to them and make the connection.
And it’s also very likely that someone needs you to pour into them. So be ready to give encouragement when the moment comes.