Date: Saturday, October 20
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 12:1-11
Verse: “To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” (1 Corinthians 12:7)
I once read a story about a missionary who took an aptitude test to a village far away from modern conveniences we take for granted. The missionary was surprised when the villagers immediately began to look at one another’s papers, ask one another for help, and what we in the US would call “cheat.” They had no sense of individual aptitude. Those villagers were not concerned with what they could do alone, but what they could accomplish together.
I think those villagers had the right idea. We were not meant to be so independent. Not one of us is complete. Everyone has some strengths and some weaknesses. There are things we do well and enjoy, and other things with which we struggle. When my strength can help another in their weakness, or my weakness is filled by another’s strength, we are both built up.
Our gifts were not given to make us look great. They are not meant to be used as a means of comparison with others. As the church we are to use our gifts for the good of the community, to build one another up.
Prayer: Lord, teach me to use my gifts for your glory. Amen.
Action: Name your gifts and look for ways to use them to help someone else.
Join us in worship tomorrow at Tri-Lakes United Methodist Church at 8:30, 9:45, or 11am. Pastor Bob is preaching on service using the scripture we read together on Monday, Matthew 20:20-27. The sermon is titled “The Path to Greatness.” It is also celebration Sunday, so be prepared to stick around for some special fellowship.