You are not an island

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.
‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:4-8‬ ‭(NIV)

Using your gifts is imperative within the body of Christ.  In 1 Corinthians Paul tells us that the exercising of the gifts is to build up (strengthen) the church.  Here in Romans Paul tells us that the body (the church) is made up of many members and each member has a different function/gift.  We probably all agree with this as we see evidence of it in the church.  If we didn’t all have different gifts and functions it would lead to a very unbalanced church.  Think of it – could the church really function if everyone tried to do the same thing?  The church needs those gifted in preaching, hospitality, teaching, flower arranging, pastoral care, small group leading, visitation, administration, and much much more.

Up to this point you probably agree that there is not much that is contentious in what Paul is saying in the verses from Romans 12.  But look again and you’ll notice something that you may have missed, Paul says: ‘… each member belongs to all the others’.

Do you realise that in the church setting (not just in the building on Sundays) we carry a responsibility to each other to play our part.  If we belong to each other, it must means that we are to look out for each other, care for each other, admonish each other, encourage each other.  This care for each other goes well beyond a surface level interest in the welfare of those around us.  It should cost us in terms of time and effort, and in terms of prayer.

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.

Every blessing


 

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Author: profsloan

The purpose of this blog is to encourage others to read the Bible on a regular basis and to discover that God's Word applies to daily life. I will generally publish posts and a Verse for the Day alternately.

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