Use Your Gifts

Romans 12:3-8(NIV)

For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

We all have different skills based on our training and our experiences.  Some of us have a lot of academic training through university and others have more hands-on training through community college.  It’s wonderful to learn new things, but employers are always asking about how this knowledge can be put into practice and how it can contribute to the company.

Paul writes that we shouldn’t think too highly of our position as Jesus is the prime example of an authority figure who used what he had to serve others.  He didn’t boast about his abilities, but only to be humble, considering others better than himself and meeting their needs. The Church requires a lot of people with different expertise to help it grow.  Paul writes about different gifts that some people may have and how it can contribute to the building up of God’s church.

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