We should use our gifts, together

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, April 18, 2017

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Today’s scripture reading:

Paul compares the body of Christ to a human body. Each part has a specific function that is necessary to the body as a whole. The parts are different for a purpose, and in their differences they must work together. Christians must avoid two common errors: (1) being proud of their abilities, or (2) thinking they have nothing to give to the body of believers. Instead of comparing ourselves to one another, we should use our different gifts, together, to spread the Good News of salvation. (NLT)

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 – The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up only one body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into Christ’s body by one Spirit, and we have all received the same Spirit.

Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am only an ear and not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? Suppose the whole body were an eye—then how would you hear? Or if your whole body were just one big ear, how could you smell anything?

But God made our bodies with many parts, and he has put each part just where he wants it. What a strange thing a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”

In fact, some of the parts that seem weakest and least important are really the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect from the eyes of others those parts that should not be seen, while other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

Now all of you together are Christ’s body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. –Colossians 3:15 (NRSV)

Dorothea Love (California) titled her story “GOD’S PERFECT HARMONY;” here is a portion of Dorothea’s story:

“For my birthday one year, my daughter, Veronica, gave me a deluxe collection of gospel music. . . . The music brings me countless hours of joy, peace, and encouragement.

“When I hear the harmonies of music, I think about all the people involved in creating it. . . . In the same way God wants us to operate in harmony with one another as we work together to help build the kingdom, spreading the message of salvation and eternal life.

“We all experience countless ups and downs as we journey through life. When we interact with our brothers and sisters in Christ, reaching out to help one another, we gain strength and courage to persevere. As we learn to support and pray for one another and to work together, we become the example that Jesus commanded us to be when he said, ‘Love one another’ (John 13:34).”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God gives us different abilities so we can meet the needs of the world.

Prayer: Dear Lord, show us how to love one another so that the world will be drawn to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/

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