Serving – Day 3
1 Corinthians 12:1-31
It’s safe to say that God doesn’t have a totem pole. Although we sometimes place certain individuals on pedestals, God in his infinite wisdom created one way for us to respond to his grace… serving! Yes all the actions that we have been invited and commanded to take part in stem from serving one another and serving God. How that is carried out is where we find the beauty of God’s diverse nature.
In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul is addressing the subject of spiritual gifts. He spends a little time breaking down the importance of the differences. I have said, your spiritual gift is God’s fingerprint on your life. God has blessed each one of us with a unique call to honor him through serving with our gifts. Now you may say what is my gift? I have no clue how to even figure it out. Where should I start? I say start with you.
There are spiritual gifts tests and many other things to help you along the way, but there is no greater indicator than you yourself. Let me explain…much of who you are is born out of life’s experiences. If you take a deep look into your life, you will find what I call triggers. For instance, I grew up without my father, so whenever I see a young boy growing up without his father it breaks my heart. That burst of passion causes a reaction from me and I begin to respond in many different ways, such as giving to a need, speaking into a life, or just being an encourager. That response is where I find my God given gifts. You see it is God who calls to the deep things in our lives revealing to us who we are. Finding out who you are comes through a relationship with God first and foremost.
God is an amazing God who never changes principle, but will change methods to reach people. There is no better place to witness that truth than through the diverse culture of service in the Christian faith. The body of Christ is made up of so many different gifts and no one can claim more importance than the other. We are all necessary…YEP that’s right! YOU MATTER and the contribution you make to change the world for the glory of God will never be unimportant.
So here’s the challenge: Paul addresses two mindsets in this passage. He addresses those who don’t find importance in their gift, because they want someone else’s gift. He also addresses those who think they are better than others because of their gifts. He reveals to both groups that we are all different, but those differences are actually what keeps up all going and unified.
I ask you today to gauge what group you are in. You have to always remember you are just as important to God and the work of the Gospel as pastors, staff members, etc.
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