Word for the Day
Just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function, so we, who are many, are one Body in Christ, and individually members one of another. (Romans 12:4-5)
Pastor Spencer - God has given every Believer different gifts, sometime one, sometimes many, but all given so that the Church can function in a balanced manner. Each individual Christian exercises his gift by and for faith. Few may be able to see the result of using their gifts in God Kingdom, but we know that our Lord sees it and He is the One Who gives the results in the first place. We must also note that every gift is listed as equal and necessary as any other; preaching and teaching, as important as they may be, are not on some higher level than other abilities given by God. To some people, God has given the ability to rule, or to administer the various functions of the church. Whatever gift we have must be dedicated to God and used for the good of the whole church. Indeed, it is tragic when any one gift is emphasized beyond all the other gifts. And for any Believer to minimize the other gifts while he emphasizes his own gift is to deny the very purpose for which gifts are given: The benefit of the whole Body of Christ. Finally, spiritual gifts are tools to build with, not toys to play with or weapons to fight with. In the church at Corinth, the believers were tearing down the ministry because they were abusing spiritual gifts. They were using their gifts as ends in themselves and not as a means toward the end of building up the church. They so emphasized their spiritual gifts that they lost their spiritual graces! They had the gifts of the Spirit but were lacking in the fruit of the Spirit–love, joy, peace, etc. Let every Believer both thank God for his gift, and also use it fully and yet properly for the glory of God and the expansion of His Kingdom!