Meaningful Differences

Romans 12:6-8 (KJV) Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 

Koinonia —  commonality, partnership, fellowship —  the first Christians did not share  a common love for fashion, the latest show, or anything silly like that. It was their common Christ, and their common mission  to take the faith worldwide in the face of impending persecution.  This is what brought them together; this was their bond.

 

“Everyone has some gift that can be used for the benefit of the community. When the instruction on justification through faith is correctly grasped, the possessor of a gift will understand that it is not an instrument of self-aggrandizement. Possession of a gift is not an index to quality of faith. Rather, the gift is a challenge to faithful use.” (USCCB)

 

 

Paul reminds us that we are called each with a special place in the body, blessed with our unique gift to be used for God’s glory. No matter what our gift may be or what we wish it were, we are to do all that we are called to, as if we were serving Christ Himself. . Let us not complain about what we have been called to do, where we have been called to serve.  Rather let us do all joyfully for the Lord.  Focusing on the eternal rather than the temporal.

 

Richard Holloway says: Simplicity, clarity, singleness: These are the attributes that give our lives power and vividness and joy as they are also the marks of great art. They seem to be the purpose of God for his whole creation. ❤

 

In whatever we do, we must do it according to the grace, according to the faith ~ that is poured out on us. Let us wait on Him, patient and humble.  These gifts are not given to us for our own glory; these are to be used to fulfill His will (not our own) as we seek the Kingdom of God.  These are not our own to boat of but rather to show and reach those in need; a great manifestation of His Spirit. We, as individuals, are members of the body of Christ, we do not have the same function or purpose but together, each of us are called to contribute to the needs of the saints  and those who are not yet believers, by exercising these precious gifts given by the grace of God and by the will of God for His glory. 

 

May Jesus bless each and every one of us with a surety in our hearts. Let us stand, for Him, strongly, boldly, as He created us to be. Embrace those differences that we were made with for they are a blessing He bestowed upon us – calling us to work His will, for His kingdom.

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