Gifts- When we're part of the church body, it's really easy to look around and see what some people's gifts are, isn't it? On a Sunday, up front, there are musicians, singers, service leaders, people who read the Bible, people who look after the sound and audiovisuals, people who preach. There are people with labels – pastors, elders, and other leaders.
It can be a little daunting to think about our own gifts. (Even if you have a 'label'!) When we look at others, our first thoughts can be, “I can't do that!” or “I could do that better than them!”. Either way, we're comparing ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul is very clear that comparison is completely unnecessary. In fact, it's unhelpful, even destructive, to the healthy functioning of the body... "Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. (1 Corinthians 12:15-20)
Do you know what gifts your heavenly Father has given you?
Anything you are good at is meant to be your way of blessing God's People! Remember Tabitha, the woman who blessed people with the clothing she made? (Acts 9:32-43) Or Bezalel and Aholiab, people gifted as artisans? (Exodus 31:1-11) Or David and the many musicians for the temple. There were bakers, incense makers, shepherds, gardeners, cleaners, administrators... the list is as endless as God's creativity.
- Melinda Medvedsky-
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