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as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same
function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we
are members of one another."-Romans 12: 4-5
There is something you do better than anybody else in
our congregation. This is not a subjective idea, it is a
simple truth. You, whether you want to admit or not,
have been given certain gifts by God, and those gifts
were not given to you to simply profit from, but instead
to use to God's glory. So what are they? What is this
gift God has given you that is to be put to good use?
And are you using it for God's glory?
There is a common idea that churches exist to meet
people's needs; to be a provider of religious goods and
services. On one hand, this is true, the Church should
provide for people's spiritual growth. But in order to
do that it needs, well, people. It needs you. Your role
in First Presbyterian Church, or any church for that
matter, is not just to consume services, but to help
your brothers and sisters to grow in their faith, and to
do God's work together. Paul is reminding us that the
reason we are not all alike in the gifts we have been
given is so we can support and work for one another, and
so that, when we work together, we can do great things
in God's name.
You have been given special gifts by God. Find them. Use
them. Glorify God.
Prayer: Holy God, thank you for giving me these gifts of the
Spirit. Help me to know my gifts and to use them for your glory and
in service of others. I pray in Jesus' name. Amen.
[Phillip Blackburn, First Presbyterian Church]