The Word of Grace Devotion for August 19, 2019
1 Corinthians 12:12, “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.”
Beloved, Paul begins 1 Corinthians 12 not wanting us to be ignorant of Spiritual gifts. He explains that there are many different Spiritual gifts, which believers may possess. He says in 1 Corinthians 12:4-6, “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all.”
I mention this because this past weekend revealed how we are to use our Spiritual Gifts in unison for the edification of the Body of Christ. While on the Youth Retreat we were able to witness the gifts of teaching and serving and administration and prophecy and giving and many other Spiritual Gifts being used for the glory of God and the edification (building up) of the body of Christ.
Though we were many members, we became one body and functioned in unison as the Body of Christ should function. Meanwhile, back at home base, worship was sung, Sal Perez taught from God’s Word, children were taught, coffee was served and the Body of Christ was blessed.
This is how the Body of Christ is to work. We find our place; our spiritual gift(s) and we go to work for the glory of God. We also remember that we are one body and we must work in unison that there be no schism in the Body of Christ.
One body, functioning together can do great things in Christ. But when we go off like a rogue wave we only create chaos and dissension. God made us to function as a team and when we do He is glorified!
I pray that you will have a blessed week! Thank you for praying for our Youth Retreat- it was a great success. I love you and I will be praying for you!