“For just as each of us has one body with many members, and those members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.” Romans 12:4-8, NIV
“Each member belongs to all the others.” (v5)
Would you consider yourself independent in nature? I have been told a couple of times that I am very independent. While I know there are times that this is a good thing, it is not always the best thing either. The concept that we are better together than we are alone is so true. Life is tough and if we are doing it by ourselves it is even tougher. So I wrestle with this verse, not as much as I once did with being so independent but lately it is about how I fit in this picture. What difference, do I, really make in the body of Christ.
The human body is intricate and it as a whole works together to allow us to do amazing things. When it doesn’t work properly we notice. Sometimes it is very visible and other times not so much. We then have to do something about it, maybe it is get more sleep or exercise or see a doctor. But each part does make a difference. It’s the same with the body of Christ followers. Together we are able to accomplish much. Good and bad. So I do matter, and I do have a role to play and it is important.
We belong to each other ……together we are better, each one playing an important part, together and not separate. Whether it is within the local church, the region, to the world each community we find ourselves in, we have a role to play. We have a very specific part that God has assigned for us to do. Do you ever wonder what that is? Maybe you know and you are struggling to simply walk out in faith and do that. We need each other. Community.
What happens when you don’t do what God has assigned and gifted to you?
We all miss out on what God wants to do thru you, both for you and for all of us.
Our gifts are our gifts, given to us to be a blessing and point others to Jesus. Sometimes on this journey how those gifts are exercised, how we use them change. If you are encourager, how you may encourage may look different. If you teach or lead it may be different as our lives go thru seasons. How you serve may and often does change, but you are still called to serve. Maybe it is serving at home and serving your family; or you have an opportunity to serve and encourage at work and have a great attitude in a really bad situation. What about the neighbor next door that needs help with their yard, loving & serving them? It is important to not lose sight that God has gifted us for a purpose. We need to step out in faith and use them.
I am in a transition where the way I have been using my gifts has changed. The season I was just in was a time where I grew and use them in the capacity I did for more reasons than I can begin to imagine. Yet the season has come to close. What is coming next, great question and one I am just beginning to discover the answer to. As I read these verses I am presented with a choice and a reminder. A reminder that who I am is important to the body and God has uniquely gifted me for a specific role. Not always is that role what I would have imagined or what I expect. Now the choice is before me – will I choose to let Him direct where and how those gifts are exercised or shut down and not be used.
Whether you know what your gifts are and are in your sweet spot, perhaps you are unsure or you find yourself in transition, lets lean in and see, expecting God to show up and use us as we exercise our gifts.
Today…..learning to follow, listen and obey; trusting in the ONE who loves me and HE loves you too.
Scripture quotations taken from the The Holy Bible, New International Version
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