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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Thursday, April 23, 2015
The most helpful gifts are those that are beneficial to the body of Christ. Paul has already made it clear that one gift is not superior to another, but he urges the believers to discover how they can serve Christ’s body with the gifts God has given them. Your spiritual gifts are not for your own self-advancement. They were given to you for serving God and enhancing the spiritual growth of the body of believers. (NLT)
1 Corinthians 12:27-31 – Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it. Here is a list of some of the members that God has placed in the body of Christ: first are apostles, second are prophets, third are teachers, then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing, those who can help others, those who can get others to work together, those who speak in unknown languages.
Is everyone an apostle? Of course not. Is everyone a prophet? No. Are all teachers? Does everyone have the power to do miracles? Does everyone have the gift of healing? Of course not. Does God give all of us the ability to speak in unknown languages? Can everyone interpret unknown languages? No! And in any event, you should desire the most helpful gifts.
God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness.” — Genesis 1:26 (NRSV)
John Porter (New South Wales, Australia) titled his story “A SUPER GOD;” here is a portion of John’s story:
“. . . In reality, though, we all have superpowers: Our skin can heal when it’s been cut; broken bones can mend; we can see color and movement, hear sounds, taste food, smell roses, and recall happy memories. More importantly, we have the superpower of patience, tolerance, understanding, empathy, and love.
“God has given us an astounding array of skills, functions, and abilities – which all too often we take for granted. Just like those superheroes in the comics, we can put God’s superpowers to great use with those around us every day, whether by offering physical or financial assistance, being willing to listen, or by telling someone about the God who offers these gifts to all.
“I may not be able to bend steel with my bare hands as I imagined in my childhood, but I hope that I can allow God’s love to flow through me to all those I meet; to help the lost become found; to battle evil and injustice in the name of Jesus.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – How can my God-given powers benefit someone I encounter today?
Prayer: Source of strength, we thank you for the amazing powers you have given each of us through your Holy Spirit. Help us to use our gifts in ways that reflect your love and grace. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE WHO DOUBT THEIR OWN WORTH
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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