You’re a Gift

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Romans 12:3-5 ERV, “God has given me a special gift, and that is why I have something to say to each one of you. Don’t think that you are better than you really are. You must see yourself just as you are. Decide what you are by the faith God has given each of us.  Each one of us has one body, and that body has many parts. These parts don’t all do the same thing.  In the same way, we are many people, but in Christ we are all one body. We are the parts of that body, and each part belongs to all the others.”

As I listened to our pastor explain the Word to us last night, things that I’d been studying and have a deeper understanding of became so much clearer. It was as though I had a beautiful, tasty cake and she just put the frosting on it. I love to listen to her teach the Word. She instills in me a desire to know more, be more, do more. As I read this verse, I suddenly saw each of us as a cell, organ, bone, appendage of the body of Christ. It’s important that we do our part, whatever that is, and function in the capacity God created us for.

For example, the tongue helps us form words, but the toes can’t help the tongue. The toes help pick things up from the floor! It’s function is not the same. Cells in the body have different functions, but when they become diseased, they must submit to healing or be taken out so they don’t poison the whole body. We are all linked together to form the body of Christ, a body in which Christ can function on the earth.  Wouldn’t it look crazy if all of the sudden our hand started slapping us up upside the head? I think sometimes we believe we’re on our own and can just do whatever we want, but if we really believe that we are a part of His body, we must get our instructions from Him and do what He says.

You can’t be me and I can’t be you. I’m not jealous of your gift, it’s yours. You have a completely unique gift that the Father has given you, so use it. Quit wishing you were someone else and do what God made you for. If you have the gift of giving, give. If you have the gift of encouragement, encourage. If you have the gift of teaching, teach. If you love to give flowers, give flowers. Just don’t expect people to do what you do, they’re not you! If each of us would operate in our own special gift instead of trying to make others like them, can you imagine?

Father, thank You for the gifts you have given me. If I try to use them apart from You, they fall way short and have little or no lasting value. But You are in me and I am in You, therefore I am part of something much larger then myself and my plans. I’m a part of Your Kingdom and I work for You. Today, I want to thank You for Your gift of salvation to me. Since I’ve trusted in Your saving grace, my whole life has changed. You have made me new and the life I live, I owe to You. Remind me of that when selfishness sets in or I become angry when someone does something that I wouldn’t do. Help me see others for what they are, a gift. It’s in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

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