June 16

Today is…

a great day to realize our importance to the team.

“The body is not one member, but many.”  1 Corinthians 12:14 NASB

Paul wrote at length about spiritual gifts and how they are to be put to use.

He stressed a point that is important to us all: no gift; no talent; no individual ability, is more important to God than any other. Each person’s contribution to the church, to the family, or to the brotherhood of man, is as important and necessary as any other.

All followers of Christ must work together to achieve our common goals. On the surface there may be those who display more talent than others. These areas of expertise or enhanced ability do not make the one who possesses the expertise or ability a better person. If we are the ones who possess this talent, care must be taken that we do not boast, become proud, or display arrogance. What we should do is thank God for giving us our abilities and pray for Him to show us how He wants them used to help others.

No matter how great, or seemingly insignificant, our talent or ability to contribute may be, each one of us must constantly seek God’s guidance in working with everyone around us, as a team, to accomplish God’s will.

Because of a perceived lack of any great skill or talents, many individuals hang back and withhold their involvement in the church. “If the foot should say, ‘Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body’ it would not, for that reason, cease to be a part of the body.” (1 Corinthians 12:15 NIV). Every single one of us has a place on Christ’s team and a role to play. We dare not refuse a big part – nor do we dare to refuse a small one!

In a restaurant, who is more important: the one who cooks the food or the one who cleans the dishes? The one who takes your order, or the one who cleans the floors?

The simple truth is, a restaurant does not meet all of its customers’ needs unless there are capable individuals performing all of the tasks required. While some tasks may appear to be more glamorous, no task is more important than another. All parts of the team are crucial to the attaining of the goals, and we need to realize that.

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Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson

About Tony Casson

" For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT)
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