Each of us receives from people based on the role that we understand them to play in our lives. For example, someone seeking counsel from a prophet must realize that, unlike a pastor (whose best counsel comes after much listening), a prophet will often give his or her best insight with little or no prior information. A person trying to receive this type of counsel without understanding the gift and role of the prophet may think to themselves, “How can you give me counsel when you don’t even understand my situation?” Therefore, it is important for us to understand the various roles that the members of the Body of Christ play in our lives.