Scripture: There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 1 Corinthians 12:4,5 NIV
Observation: Paul is discussing the interdependence of the different parts of the church body.
Application: We are the body of Christ, the church. Our obligation does not start and stop at the door of the church building. Our senior or lead pastor does bring a word of truth to us and see to our spiritual health but he alone cannot minister to the entire community by himself. He needs willing members to go with him to reach out and minister outside of the building. Our elders and deacons may have plans to paint a room, host an outreach in the gym, or start a new Sunday school class but they need painters, and volunteers, and teachers. We as the church have a responsibility to each other and our community to use our time, tools, and talents to serve. We don’t all have the same abilities but we do have the same Spirit and Lord, “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord.” 1 Corinthians 12:4,5 NIV
Prayer: Lord, thank you for making each of us unique with special gifts and abilities. Help us to find them and to use them to glorify you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen