“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work” (I Cor 12: 4-6)
A young man desperately wanted to be a preacher. The reaoson was simple. All his life he had seen it was the preacher who was acknowledged. In his church preachers sat in the front seats. They were paid above all else. Everyone wanted to be a preacher and end up as a pastor of a big church. You became a star!
The young man got his wish and became not just a preacher but a Pastor of a mega church. He hit it off and everyone wanted a piece of him. It was good to be called a hero by just about all.
However, something happened. In order to carry out his duties succesfully the young preacher found he needed even the least of people. There was always a need to keep the church tidy. For the service to start he needed someone to manage public address system. And if he made an altar call for people to accept Christ he relied on ordinary ushers and behind the scenes intercessors.
Then it dawned on him. What made a Pastor shine was because of all those working behind him using their different but equally important gifts to build God’s kingdom.
So often in Christian circles, it is so easy to find those glorifying one person over others because they stand out in front of the crowd. The truth is God has blessed his church with multiple gifts, all working in unison, to further His kingdom. Hence the Apostle Paul reminds us, “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, and of different kinds of tongues” (I Cor 12:27 -28). When all these gifts are used complimentary and not in competetion of each other, God’s kingdom is enlarged.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, I thank you for all the gifts you have blessed the church with to extend your kingdom, and may we the church use all complementing and not competing with each other, for your glory, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!