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Everyone's Gift Matters

( [email protected] ) Sep 10, 2008 06:49 AM EDT

Read: 1 Corinthians 12:12-31

Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. (v. 27 NIV)

Imagine the frustration a race car driver would feel if he pulled in for a pit stop only to see half of the pit crew remain on the other side of the wall. What if the tire changer sat sulking because he wasn't allowed to fill the gas tank? Would that lead to victory?

As crazy as such a scenario sounds, it happens all too often in churches where members have taken vows to be an active part of the body of Christ, yet sit on the sidelines. They have been created by God, redeemed by Christ, and equipped with gifts through the Holy Spirit, but they do not use the gifts God has entrusted to them.

This not only hurts the joy and fruitfulness of the believer but it is also harmful for the overall ministry of the church. When members of the body neglect to identify or use their spiritual gifts, the whole body suffers (v. 26). Have you identified the unique talents and gifts that God has given to you for service in the church and beyond? Don't just sit there; get up and get serving!

Prayer: Everlasting Father, help me to identify and use the spiritual gifts that you have entrusted to me for service in your kingdom. Amen.

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