I believe that our character and gifts become evident in the life we live. If the gifts of a pastor, apostle, prophet, teacher, or evangelist are in you, they will find a place of expression in your life.
Many church leadership structures are based on position and rank. Those in power sometimes become the gatekeepers determining whose gifts are recognized and who is qualified to serve. Too often, we have waited for these systems to validate and acknowledge us.
Go ahead and be what you are. Let the life of Christ be expressed through you in the ways that are in your heart, not worrying about whether your gifts carry a title. If it is in your heart to mentor and shepherd, don’t wait for someone to call you an elder or pastor. Go ahead and serve with the gifts that are in you.
Women especially sit sidelined while men, scratching their heads, puzzle over what a woman’s role in the church should be. It doesn’t matter what they decide, because their lack of understanding doesn’t negate the spiritual gifts that are already within women.
You may never be acknowledged by certain institutions, but the kingdom is wide open to those who desire to serve with a humble and loving heart. As we pursue insignificance and obscurity, it is likely that we will never be recognized at the gates of influence. However, there is nothing holding us back from living our lives with full expression of the spiritual gifts that are resident in us.
So go ahead, be what you are!