The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 (NIV)
It has been quite a process to discover my spiritual gifts. How so? Over the years, by lots of trial and error, I have discovered and been able to use the spiritual gifts you have given to me. That’s very good. Not only have I discovered what are my spiritual gifts, I have also discovered what are not my spiritual gifts. Sometimes, I’m sure that the process was comical. Why is that? Well, I have made many feeble attempts to function well outside of the gifts you have given to me. Can you give me an example? Yes, I can. At one time, I helped lead worship and I can barely sing at all. My singing was definitely not music to anyone’s ears. Your singing is like a joyful noise that I enjoy hearing. Ha, thank you, for that. I’m serious. Let me ask you a question. I’m listening. Who would need more faith to worship me with singing, a gifted singer or someone who can’t carry a note or keep in tune? I understand. Keep on worshipping me with singing. I delight in hearing your voice. Thank you, Lord.
There is something I do need to confess. There is something I would like to talk to you about. I’m listening. I have not always been completely happy or fully satisfied with the spiritual gifts I have been given. Why is that? I have looked around and compared myself with others. That is always a mistake. I know that now. But I wanted the spiritual gifts of others. I was envious of what others had been given. How about now? What do you think now? I am content. I am at peace. I am grateful and thankful. It is my delight and joy to fully use the spiritual gifts you have given to me. It is my hope and prayer that you will help me to bear an abundance of fruit for your Kingdom and bring much glory to your name as I use the spiritual gifts you have given to me. That I will do in and through you. Keep on fully using all the spiritual gifts I have given to you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.
Lord, thank you for giving me spiritual gifts with which I can use to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Forgive me for being envious of others who have different gifting. Help me to be content to faithfully use the gifts you have given to me. Amen
Key Question… What kind of process has it been for you to discover and begin to use your spiritual gifts?
Living It Out… Discover and use the spiritual gifts you have been given to serve others as a member of the body of Christ.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord has given you spiritual gifts to be used to serve others as an integral part of the body of Christ.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you spiritual gifts to use to serve others.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you rely on God’s good favor and strong hand to guard and guide you as you serve Him.
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