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26/08/2023 - 27/08/2023 All day

“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace” – (1 Peter 4:10).

There is a saying as clockwork as a human body. In its pure form the body is a majestic creation by the eternal God made up of different parts each one performing a task of supreme value. Left on their own no bodily part is of much use. Only when joined together is there a symmetry that puts every life in motion.

The Apostle Paul alluded to this in his letter to the church in Corinth which was splintering on egoistic trips of who is the greatest. A feeling of superiority had cropped up based on individual gifting. Gently, he urged the unity of believers, pointing out, “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ” (1 Corinthian 12:1).

Why would one be gifted with singing as another is with teaching! The answer is to build the church. “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it. And God has placed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, of helping, of guidance” (vv 27-28). The multiplicity of gifts which are being used in the service of God’s work is what makes a great church.

The mistake so often made is when rather than focusing on this simple truth, of using our different set of gifting for building the church, rivalry and all its ills of envy sets in, ultimately causing grievous harm to the body, to a point of death. Such should never happen. Let us use our gifts harmoniously to build the church.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of heaven and earth, as you have blessed each believer with a gift, may our individual focus be on how to use the various individual gifts for the building of the church, this we pray in Jesus’s name!

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    "And your life will be brighter than the noonday; it’s darkness will be like the morning. And you will feel secure, because there is hope; you will look around and take your rest in security”  (Job 11:17-19.)

    Philosophers and writers have long pointed out that without hope mankind would long be gone. The philosopher Victor Frankly who survived the Holocaust where he lost his entire family found hope was the most important weapon that enabled him come out alive. He wrote, “He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how!”
    
Hope can sustain any of us through the darkest of times. This is what happened to Job when he lost everything he possessed. “Though he slay me, I will hope in him; yet I will argue my ways to his face” (Job 13:15).

    King David when he was being pursued by his enemies never lost hope. “For you have been my hope, sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth” (Psalm 71:5). The Apostle Paul who faced countless perilous times during his missionary journeys including jail and shipwrecks never lost hope. Writing to the Corinthians he reminded them, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers” (2 Cor 1:10-11).

    As believers God has given us hope that our lives are not empty and meaningless, like so many others. He has given us the hope to carry us through the lowest of moments. “I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5).
    Today, may that hope that you have in Christ sustain you through whatever circumstances you may be facing.

    Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I pray in the wonderful name of Jesus that the hope I have in you lifts me up and sustains me in all situations as a conquer, in whose name I pray.

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