Sweet Spot

I love watching those around me use their gifts in service to God and others. Ruth has the gift of hospitality. Dave has the gift of leadership. Diana has the gift of teaching. Susan has the gift of wisdom. Rick has the gift of encouragement. And the list goes on and on…

Each of these friends are in their “sweet spot” (a golf metaphor that works well here too!) when living within their area of giftedness. There’s something very beautiful about observing and receiving from others in the body of Christ who know their gifts and fulfill them for God’s glory.

What about you? What are your spiritual gifts? The Bible teaches us about many gifts available to those who lean on the Spirit to release from within their God-ordained gifts. There are lists of such gifts in places like Romans 12, Ephesians 4, 1 Corinthians 12, as well as scattered texts found elsewhere. Here we find gifts such as teaching, administration, helps, evangelism, leadership, mercy, hospitality, and generosity. Each gift comes from the generous hand of God, offered to His disciples, and provided for the edification of others.

When we craft our rule of life (www.RuleOfLife.com) we are invited to consider the discovery of our own gifts. We are urged to prayerfully lean into our giftedness and freely share our true selves within the context of the body of Christ. Life is all the richer when we know our gifts and offer them up as a fragrant symbol of our daily worship and our service to all who cross our path. When we function in our sweet spot, then others are encouraged to do likewise.

“Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good” (1 Cor. 12: 7).


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Steve Macchia

Founder & President

Steve is a graduate of Northwestern College (IA) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div. and D.Min.). His prior ministry includes serving on the pastoral staff at Grace Chapel (Lexington, MA) and as president of Vision New England. Since July 1, 2003 Steve has served as founder and president of Leadership Transformations, director of the Pierce Center for Disciple-Building, and adjunct faculty in the Doctor of Ministry department at Gordon-Conwell. He is the author of sixteen books, including The Discerning Life (Zondervan Reflective),  Baker bestseller Becoming a Healthy Church, and Crafting a Rule of Life (IVP). He lives in the Boston area with his wife Ruth and is the proud father of two grown children, Rebekah and Nathan, daughter in-love Ashley, and papa to his beloved granddaughter, Brenna Lynn and twin grandsons, Aiden Joseph and Carson Stephen. “My soul comes alive singing the great hymns of the church and enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. I’m in awe of God for fulfilling the dream for LTI that he birthed in my heart, for the team he has assembled, and the transformational impact experienced in the leaders and teams we serve.

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