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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Using Our Diverse Gifts

June 15

(Ephesians 4:7-11 NIV) "But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it. {8} This is why it says: "When he ascended on high, he led captives in his train and gave gifts to men." {9} (What does "he ascended" mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions ? {10} He who descended is the very one who ascended higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.) {11} It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,"

(1 Corinthians 12:6-7 NIV) "There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men. {7} Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good."

(1 Corinthians 12:11 NIV) "All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines."

Every Christian has at least one spiritual gift. Many are blessed with more than one. All believers should make an effort to find out what gifts they possess. These spiritual gifts come from God, and are given to glorify God, even if we haven’t used them for that purpose yet. They are given so that we can be the body of Christ here on Earth. When we become part of Christ’s body, we become the hands and feet and mouth of Jesus for ministry. Some things we do for God because it is our gift. Other things we do simply because they need to be done and we are available. Many Christians can be overheard saying, “That’s not my gift”… when what they really mean is, "I don't want to do that -- it’s beneath me.” Washing the feet of His disciples was not likely Christ’s gift, but He did it anyway. He gave his all. He deserves our all in return. Use your gift in service of the King! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

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