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Using Our Gifting to Serve Jesus!

1 Corinthians 12:7

Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.

IMG_0301Baseball season has started and my favorite team – the Baltimore Orioles – has started out 2-0. I know – it is early – but 2-0 is still better than 0-2 like Tampa Bay or Miami or Milwaukee. My second team – the Nationals – lost their first game and have a chance to get back to .500 today.

OriolesThe Orioles have a very good team – and I mean that in the best sense of the word. Their big hitters haven’t done much so far (after just two games) – but the other players have hit well (thus the idea of a team). They have also pitched fairly well so far (again – only two games). One player is on schedule to hit 162 homers (LOL) and another is batting .800 after two games! Teams count on contributions from all 25 players on the roster and maybe even another 10-15 from the minors too. Without a couple of high priced players who think they must carry the team on their shoulders – a team of players count on the gifting of each player to contribute when they can toward the goal of winning.

The Orioles won the AL East last year by 12 games. The hope is the collective gifting of this team will carry them to another AL East title and maybe into the World Series this year.

The church is at its best when it doesn’t rely on the pastor – or a few members – or the biggest giver. The church is at its best when – as a team – they pool their gifts and all contribute. Even the old rule of 20% of the people do 80% of the work – isn’t healthy. The church – as a whole – needs to work together to serve our Lord and Savior for the common good.

Let’s look at today’s passage in partial context. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 – 4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. 7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, r and to still another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.

Seeking out our gifts – and using them together – is what being part of the Body of Christ is all about. If God has gifted us for service in His church and yet we sit back and do not use our gifting – that isn’t how we were designed. Allowing someone else to do what we should be doing is not a good thing. We should seek His face and desire His grace and use what He has given us to be all that we can be for Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 8, 2015 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , ,

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