Prayer: O God, guide me through life with the truths in your Word, in Christ. Amen.
It is all gift
6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us:
In the human way of thinking it would be easy to think that the roles we play in our church might indicated our value. If you are the pastor, or on the church council one might think they are more important, or have more power. Certainly, in the business world we might think that our pay scale indicates our worth. There is an “implied” value even based upon our relationship to the rich and powerful. This often is the way the world looks.
We know, don’t we that it is different in God’s kingdom. There are a variety of roles and gifts. There are healers, prophets, teachers, preachers, even deacons. Our devotion writer tells us that these designations are not about value or worth. They are about different gifts necessary for God’s purposes. The gifts differ according to the grace given. One might even conclude that the more important the perceived gift, the more servitude is required.
Our devotion writer declares; “It is all a gift. Everything we receive is a free gift from God. Yes the gifts differ, but the love of the Gift-giver does not.”
Prayer: “Generous God, thank you for equipping me for life and service in your kingdom. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
The New Life in Christ
12 I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.
3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, 5 so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. 6 We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; 7 ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; 8 the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.