Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6
I was on social media a couple months ago and came across a post that shocked me. It shocked me because you can sense by the tone that she was hurting. Her tweet basically said that she has nothing to offer to the church. This post was heartbreaking, and it had me wondering how many other people within the church may feel like this. A priest responded with reassurance that she has a gift that nobody else in her church may have. The next response was from a Southern Baptist pastor who said that there is no gift or deed to small, and that God can use anything for his glory. It was encouraging to see over two hundred comments encouraging this individual.
What is the point of all of this? In today’s passage we read that the Holy Spirit gives different gifts to different people. No organization can function if everyone was doing the same thing, and the church is no different. We all can’t be pastors or teachers. Yes, sometimes those gifts get all the attention but if you ask any pastor, they would say that there is so much more going on behind the scenes than people may realize. This was the point of the Apostle Paul to the Corinthian church. Charles Spurgeon once said that the greatest gift that one could give him was to pray for him. We can certainly do that a little more, thee are things in the church that can always be cleaned, Sunday School to be taught, ushers, greeters, and people to put together the bulletin. There is no gift that is too small, and every gift is needed.
So what gift do you possess that could be used for the benefit of the church? At the church I grew up in there was a woman named Delores who greeted everyone with a smiling face. She made everyone feel welcomed, and when she passed to her eternal reward over 500 people attended her funeral. Her story is a perfect example of something that seemed small, but had a huge impact for the kingdom. Perhaps your gift is the same. Let it shine and let God turn it into something that helps bear fruit for his kingdom. You have a gift that we all need and the Lord will utilize it in a way that you can’t even begin to fathom.
Prayer: Lord Jesus I humbly asked that you take the gift I have and use them for your glory. Help me to understand what my gift is and submit it to your service.