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Pearls of the Kingdom 2/1/24

Consider this passage of scripture with me this week.


Rom 12:1-8 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 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 a 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, b do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.”


My hope this week is to stimulate our conversation, “what is my gift and what is my part in serving the church as we move forward together.” That through our time together that you and I would have an appetite, a hunger to know more and increase our understanding, being rooted and grounded in our spiritual gifts. As Paul put it;


1 Cor 12:1 “Now, dear brothers and sisters, regarding your question about the special abilities (spiritual gifts) the Spirit gives us. I don’t want you to misunderstand (be uninformed, be ignorant) this.”

          

 As we find in the human body, life is sustained through the different functions of the different organs. As we well know, when one body part stops to function, doing its part, it will have an adverse affect on the overall health of the body. In like manor, Christian community (church) finds life (good health) with the working co-operation of all the parts (gifts), working together serving one another. 


Thinking of a picture to leave you with today. Consider an orchestra, a group of many musicians, playing many different instruments, working together creating a beautiful symphony. Each instrument plays an important part in this symphony, under the direction, guidance of the conductor. Imagine how this symphony would sound if each musician played their instruments notes out of place? Played their notes whenever they wanted too? Played their notes too loud above all the other instruments? Did not play their notes at all? How well would this sound be? I’m thinking just a lot of noise and not the beautiful symphony it was intended to be, pleasing to the ears. 


We have only scratched the surface here. We have only identified some of the gifts. Like the human body, a body of many different parts, each part playing an important part, so it is with spiritual gifts. My hope is to encourage those who know their spiritual gift to encourage you to use your gift to serve the body (church). Perhaps the thought of spiritual gifts is new for you, my prayer is that in the coming weeks that you will come to know your spiritual gift and that you would grow in your understanding and use of your gift, serving the body of Christ.


Further scriptures for us to consider in regards to spiritual gifts. 1 Pet 4, Rom 12, 1 Cor 12 


Pastor Jeff

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