Scripture – Romans 12:4-6
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:
Paul states the obvious. We are all different. We all bring something unique to the table. Some of us are gifted in one thing and others are gifted in another thing. No one gift is better than another. It’s not a competition. It’s a spiritual work.
We are one body; the body of Christ here on earth. Unless we use the gifts given us and function as the individual members we were created to be, the body as a whole will not function effectively. It’s hard to get along with people sometimes, but when we see our role as using the gifts God has given us and living in brotherly love with other believers, something clicks.
I want to help people find their sweet spot. What is my sweet spot? I think it’s that. When Paul writes “Let us use them”, it’s in the imperative tense, not as an off-the-cuff, take-it-or-leave-it comment. I truly believe the body of Christ takes shape as each person, each member of the body, discovers what they have been wired to do, develops their gifts and talents, and uses them to encourage, serve, strengthen and love those who know Jesus and those who do not yet know him.
Father, please never let the busyness of life distract me from using the gifts you have given me for the sake of your kingdom. I am yours. In Jesus’ name, amen.