Listen to this devotional:
Romans 12:5 – So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. (NIV)
At our monthly Session meeting recently, one of our elders gave the devotional. She read from a similar passage of Paul's on this subject of gifts, using the new Message version of the Bible. The elder reminded us that we all had different abilities and skills which blended together to form a strong body of spiritual leaders in the church. She also told us that our talents and resources were given from God, not for ourselves, but to be used as channels of His grace in and to the world. It was a good lesson and one that we all need to keep remembering, reviewing, and applying in our lives.
Perhaps today or over this weekend, we will find ourselves in a situation where our gifts can be employed on behalf of someone else. Perhaps God will lead each of us to a certain place, at a certain time, to use our skills, experience, and resources in ways that will show God's compassion and grace, mercy and love to other people. Whatever that moment may be and wherever it may occur, let us pray that God will open our eyes and spirit to such an opportunity. May we be His hands and feet, His voice and heart, to those who need to be reassured, embraced, and encouraged.
Who knows? By doing this, we may help someone else to reconnect to God, so that they may also use their grace gifts to help others and expand the kingdom of God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, You call upon us to serve You in the world, to help other people, and to love our neighbours. Help us this weekend to apply Your lessons of love and to show Your compassion and grace through the gifts we share and the support that we offer. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.