June 9, 2020
The scripture for today: 1 Corinthians 12: 4-13, NIV.
“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. 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. 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, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines. Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body – whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free – and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.”
As I was doing some research into these verses, commentary began with the belief that Paul was addressing the Christians in Corinth, chastising those who were using their God-given gifts for their own good. He was reminding them that all their gifts were given by God and are meant to be used for the good of all.
What a beautiful truth this is! None of us can do everything, but all of us can do something. We all form the body of Christ and that is why we are given different gifts to serve His people. Some of us have the gift of understanding of the Bible and its teachings. Some of us have the gift of worship and reaching people in other ways. Some have the gift of empathy and caring for others. Thank God for all who bring these beautiful gifts together for the betterment of God’s people!
Whenever you feel that you are not doing “enough” for the kingdom of God, He says you are! He gives all of us what we need, to do what He wants us to do. Recently I was reminded of the theme of Pastor Roy’s last sermon before he retired. It was based on Joshua 3:31. “Be who you are, use what you got, do what you can.” (the Shamgar Principle). I pray that we all take these words to heart, for the good of all!
Dear Lord, thank you for giving us each our own individual gifts. Let us always look for ways to use them to help others and advance your kingdom. Dear Lord, let us remember that we are enough, and you made us this way! Amen
Karla Gerke Karla56@charter.net
Prayer Concern: Those who are frustrated that they are not doing “enough”.