Friday, October 09, 2009

1 Corinthians 12:12-26

If you ever needed a reason to belong to a church, today's reading gives you that reason. Notice I say "belong" and not just "go". Paul makes it clear that God has arranged us all as members of one body "as he chose". This is a further thought to the passage of yesterday.

God gives each of us spiritual gifts to use to further His kingdom here on earth. But, those gifts are not meant to be used alone. Paul says, "God has so arranged the body...that there may be no dissension within the body, but the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together with it; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it."

I don't know about you, but these are such reasuring words to me. I don't want to walk this life alone. Just the same as I like to hang around people with like interests (it's why I love my book club ladies), I am so energized when I hang with my church family. And that energy is somehow increased exponentially when I use my spiritual gifts while hanging out with them.

But, I don't need to convince you. Try it yourself. Once you determine your spiritual gifts (attend the latest Watch class and learn), use those gifts at church and I will guarantee that you will shine - both inside and out.

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