“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God” – 1 Peter 4:10 (NKJV).
There was once a famous church that rose up on a hill. It was packed with some of the richest men and women in society. However, when it came to its mission budget, compared to others with the less affluent, it paled. The church had all these individuals who had entrepreneurial gifts but lacking generosity.
Another church was famous for the gift of prophecy. However, it was quite obvious by the the way members lived they were far from being guided by the Word of God. Where the church had this gift of prophecy there lacked one of teaching!
Joel 2:28 says the Holy Spirit has been imparted on the church- “And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.” As a result, we have a supernatural gifting of help (John 14:16), strength (Ephesians 3:16), guidance (Romans 8:14), and much more working within us.
Yet these gifts depend on each other to operate successfully. Where there is a gift of miracles there ought to be administration; where there is a gift of healing; there ought to be wisdom and knowledge, and so on. The challenge often starts where we start promoting some gift above others, to a point of worship. “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (I Cor 12:12), Paul writes. “God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” (vv 24 -26).
Today, other than looking up to another’s gift at the risk of ignoring yours or sidelining those that are less pronounced, know every gift us for a purpose, which is to build the body of Christ!
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for the gift you have blessed the church with and may we use all in harmony for the growth of your church, this I pray in Jesus’s name!