Devotional for Monday November 18th

Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Trusting God”
Our Bible verse for today: “Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. A demonstration of the Spirit is given to each person to produce what is beneficial.” 1 Corinthians 12:6-7 (HCSB)
Our thought for today: “Trust that God has given you the spiritual gifts, the skills and the abilities that He wants you to have.”
“Gift envy” is often a problem in the church. That’s especially true when it comes to the higher profile gifts like preaching, teaching, singing, or playing a musical instrument. Often people who don’t have those gifts wish they did and they’re frequently left feeling as if they don’t have as much to contribute to the cause of Christ.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Once you’ve read this short devotional message I encourage you to open your Bible to 1 Corinthians chapter 12 and read the whole chapter. There Paul makes it clear that just as the human body needs every part – from fingers to toes and from spleen to kidneys, so too does the Body of Christ need every part. God has endowed each of us with different gifts, skills and abilities, and they are all needed.
Those of you who know me know that I can preach and teach a little bit, but I can’t fix anything. If something has more than two moving parts then I’m confused. Auto mechanics is a mystery to me. Leaky faucets are left to drip until I can find someone who knows how to operate a wrench. Electrical problems, stopped up drains, burned out light bulbs – I’m so grateful for those at the church who understand those things and take care of them so I don’t have to! (Ok, I can change a light bulb but you get my point.)
God in His wisdom has created us all different and He has given each of us different gifts and abilities that we can then contribute to the overall effort and for the common good. Rather than wishing we had someone else’s gifts or abilities we need to focus on using well the ones we do have. We have to trust that God has given us what He wants us to have and we are to then use it for His glory and for the benefit of others.
God Bless,
Pastor Jim

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