1 Kings 5:1-6:38
1 Corinthians 12:1-26
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Focus Verses: 1 Corinthians 12:14-18
14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many. 15
If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to
the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16 And
if the ear should say, "Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to
the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17
If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If
the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.
in the body of Christ—the Church—have different gifts, serve
different purposes, and meet different needs. Our place and purpose is
arranged by God to accomplish God's intent for each individual and for
the entire community. There is no need for competition, envy, or pride.
Each person, each member of the body, should be content to be what she
is and to do what he has been made to do. This is how we support the
greater community, find our own fulfillment, and glorify God.
Response and Action:
I need to discover, develop, and exercise the gifts God has given me. I
shouldn't envy others for what they are and do. I shouldn't despise or
diminish what I am or what I can do. I am God's workmanship, created in
Christ Jesus to do good things God has prepared for me to do
(Ephesians 2:10). Every member of the body is needed. By finding and
doing my part, I support and serve the health and life of the whole
body. I benefit others and others benefit me
God, you have fearfully and wonderfully made me. You know the purposes
you have for me and the gifts you have given me. Help me, as I seek
you with my whole heart, to discover my gifts and to understand how I
can use them to serve your will. Give me good things to do and the
heart to do them. Amen.
Spiritual Formation Verses: Romans 12:4-5
4 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members
do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we who are many form
one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
Christly Gestures: Learning to Be Members of the Body of Christ
by Brett P. Webb-Mitchell