Recently, you were asked to participate in a survey to help you understand what spiritual gifts you possess. Paul reminded the Corinthians, “there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit.” (1 Cor. 12: 4). He goes on to say in v. 7, “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” Any time I can use my God-given talents to help a fellow Christian, God is glorified. Not only is God glorified, the body of Christ is empowered to do greater things for the cause of Christ. You may or may not have chosen to take the Spiritual Gifts survey. While it’s true our works don’t save us, they do give God an indication as to how appreciative we are for all He’s done for us. Even if you chose not to take the survey (which you still have opportunity if you’ve changed your mind!) there are ALWAYS things you can do to build up the church. Helping out around the building, visiting the Nursery School to lend a hand, visiting folks in the hospital, sending cards of encouragement, helping teach a bible class, working with young people, volunteering to help with MOPS, delivering food to those who are shut in or ill, taking time to help in our Training for Worship program, etc. You see, there are always things needing done! Paul reminded those in Corinth, “The body doesn’t consist of one member, but MANY.” (1 Cor. 12: 14). The way Christ’s church has been designed to operate consists of ALL its members doing their part to the benefit of the whole. “Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it…” Use your gifts to glorify God and serve those around you. By allowing yourself to become immersed in service, you have a tendency to forget your own troubles. It also makes the person you’re serving feel special. They need it…you need it and God expects it.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you! Kevin
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.