Bible Reading: 1 Corinthians 12.27-31
Now you are Christ’s body and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church, first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, administrations, various kinds of tongues. All are not apostles, are they? All are not prophets, are they? All are not teachers, are they? All are not workers of miracles, are they? All do not have gifts of healings, do they? All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way. 1 Corinthians 12:27-31
Our family likes to watch the Voice on TV. I wish I could sing like the people on the Voice, but America doesn’t want to hear me sing, they want to hear someone who has a gift for singing. That’s why it’s called a talent show. I’ll never be on a show like that and I’m never going to be a celebrity. It’s easy to compare myself to others and focus on what I can’t do.
Chapter 12 explains that some are gifted to be on stage, leading worship or teaching, while others are gifted to organize things behind the scenes. Sadly, we can also treat people like celebrities at church - valuing those in front more than those in the back but that is making it about the gifts instead of the gift-giver. Unlike on the Voice, there is an audience of just one and this is all for Him, not us.
The passage begins: “now you are Christ’s body.” The Ridge church, despite the failings of the individuals who make it up, is perfectly designed to accomplish God’s purpose. However, each of us have a gift to offer, and we must all rely on the Holy Spirit to enable us to accomplish things we can’t do on our own, in our own strength. When everyone is serving faithfully according to their gifts (1 Peter 4:10-11), we are collectively, by the power of the Spirit, transformed (Romans 12:1), as are the people around us (Matthew 5:16).
Say a prayer:
Dear Father, I confess that I’ve often compared myself to others. I’ve fixated on what I can’t do and I’ve underestimated what You can do through me. Thank you for the gifts you have given me. Today I offer up those gifts, and ask that You show me new ways that I can impact others in the name of your Son by the power of your Spirit, for your glory. Amen.
Weekly Memory Verse: But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12.7