Words to Live By From Pastor Robert Kendall
But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member,
where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
ESV, 1 Corinthians 12:18-20
A Healthy Body
Have you ever observed someone who was missing a body part? Most of us have seen inspirational YouTube videos of kids who have no arms or legs and yet do amazing stunts, gymnastics, or other things we can’t even do with arms and legs! Because of their determination, they have made what they have work, and some people drive with their feet, others walk on their hands, others “see” with their fingertips. While these people are amazing and we marvel at them, we would all agree that it’s a blessing to have fully functional arms, legs and eyes. In many ways, our church is like these amazing people that persevere though they lack certain limbs. When members of our body don’t embrace the gift God has given them, the whole church suffers. Because of God’s grace, other members of the body fill that function, and by God’s Spirit, things work. But how much better would it be if we had each of you in your giftedness! Yes, we can learn to walk on our hands (our teachers can serve if need be), and we can steer the car with our feet (our mercy people can give financially when called upon), but just imagine if we used our gifts the way God intended for them to be used! It’s much easier to walk on our feet, use our hands to steer and our eyes to see. You may be concerned that taking a spiritual gifts inventory will force you into a new ministry, or that Fred will make you do something you don’t want to do. This is not the intent at all! Rather, we want to help you discern the gift God has given you, and then GENTLY help you begin to use it. If you are used to walking on your hands, but God has given you feet, let’s learn how to walk on our feet! We will ultimately thrive more as we slowly get each of us functioning the in the ways the Holy Spirit has ultimately equipped us. Serving in your gift will lead to less burnout, more fulfillment, and ultimately greater impact. Let’s face it, everyone in our church is physically capable of opening the lobby door on Sunday and smiling at guests and others as they walk in. However, some of you would dread this all week if you knew you had to do it on Sunday…others would look forward to it. You have been gifted by God differently! Nearly all of us are physically capable of taking out the trash each week, but some of us love doing that quietly behind the scenes, while others of us would grumble at how trashed the place gets and how no one appreciates true cleanliness. Let’s learn your part in the body and implement it for the spread of the good news of Jesus.
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