Gifts and graces…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

Comments, thoughts and reflections welcome.

Romans 12:1-8

 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,

so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;

if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;

the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.

Are we any better than anyone else because we possess something they don’t?  The truth presented here is no, we are not.  Are we different from one another?  Do we possess different gifts?  Are some believers and some  not?  Yes.  Those differences are not comparative.  They do not elevate one above another.  They simply are.  And in that mix it is possible to do great things for the kingdom of God.  In that mix it is possible to encourage, develop, and bless one another.  In that place, God is pleased. So whatever  gift we possess let us use that gift for the glory of God and not ourselves. Let us also be mindful that what we have, any ability or gifts were received from God.  Keeping that perspective, we then become valuable to each other and to the Lord.  Blessed be the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

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