The members do not all have the same function

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Romans 12:3-8

I don’t know anyone who would expect their eye to be ears or their feet to be hands. Who would expect their fingers to talk or their mouths to grasp things? Each part of our bodies has a function that they do well. It is not that people cannot use their hands to speak or grasp thing with their mouths. Yes I have seen people use their feet like hand and their hands like feet but when this happens it is because there is a problem with the body part that should fulfill that function. They can do other functions, just not as well as the body part that is designed by God to do that function.

No we have a very strong idea what each body part should do and become concerned when they have trouble fulfilling that function. Yet many think that every Christian should have certain spiritual gifts or is some extreme cases all spiritual gifts. Yet Paul constantly writes that we each have our own spiritual gifts. Some of us can teach. Some of us have the gift of service and others have the gift or preaching. Some have been blessed with abundance that they share with others.  Some are encouragers and others uplift the downtrodden. Each of us is gifted in some way. Some have multiple gifts and other just one but each of us needs to use their gift in service to the Lord.

We should encourage each other to use their gifts but we should never insist that they use the gifts we think they should have. If everybody is preaching we will not be able to hear over the noise? If we all are encouraging how will anything get done? If we are all teaching who will learn?

God did not create us all mouth or all foot or all ears. He gave us different parts so we could do His work. Just as He gave us each different gifts so His word could be spread to the whole world. We are His body and each part needs to do their job to spread the kingdom. What is your gift? Are you using it for God’s glory? If not, today is the day to start.

Have a blessed day,

David

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About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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