We should use gifts we have been given

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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Friday, March 1, 2019

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Dear Lord, open our hearts and our minds to the power of Your Word, which as we read, we may know, understand, and obey Your Word for us today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. (Author unknown)

Today’s scripture reading:

Using the analogy of the body, Paul emphasizes the importance of each church member. If a seemingly insignificant part is taken away, the whole body becomes less effective. Thinking that your gift is more important than someone else’s is an expression of spiritual pride. We should not look down on those who seem unimportant, and we should not be jealous of others who have more visible gifts. Instead, we should use gifts we have been given and encourage others to use theirs. If we don’t, the body of believers will be less effective. (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.

Quoted verse: The members of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. –1 Corinthians 12:22 (NRSV)

“Story” – Confianza del Señor’s (Colón, Honduras) story is titled “EACH VALUABLE PART;” here is a portion of Confianza’s story:

“I was carrying a 40-pound sack of corn along the path to our house. Because I was wearing flip-flops instead of the usual rubber work boots, I slipped on loose stones on the hillside. I wasn’t hurt – except for my left ‘baby’ toe, on which I landed. By the next day, it was completely purple and swollen. . . . I discovered how much I depend on that little toe to take weight when I step and to help with my balance. . . .

“I now understand in a deeper way Paul’s description of the body of Christ – that the smallest parts are necessary and that the whole body suffers when one part is in pain. If I can be so mindful of a baby toe, I can certainly be more caring toward other people – especially those whom I tend to overlook.”

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will thank God for all my body can do.

Prayer: Dear God, help us to support other members of the body of Christ and to look out for those who may be feeling left out. 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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