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Gifts

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Reading: 2 Corinthians 12: 1-11

Verse 7: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good”.

Our youth group decided to have a pot luck dinner before we met. Everyone was to bring their favorite dish. The kids were excited and talked about what they were going to bring. I got busy that day at church so I grabbed a bag of chips. All kids like chips, right? Stacy, our adult volunteer, had to visit a sick friend that afternoon, so she just stopped on the way to church and grabbed a bag of chips. One youth was in wrestling, a few were in basketball, a couple were in the play, some had a lit of homework to do – and they all brought chips. Would you like to come to our pot luck?

I make a really good scalloped potatoes and ham. Stacy, she makes the best chocolate cake ever. Tom works part-time at the Greek restaurant and make a great antipasto salad. The twins, Ann and Stan, are competitive and have each developed their own unique but awesome spins on carrot dishes. Been loves to bake with his mom and makes these buttery and flaky croissants that melt in your mouth. In fact, all of our youth have dishes that they can each make that are pretty outstanding. Would you rather come to this pot luck? I would!

We can play this scenario out in our churches. We can say we are too busy to offer our gifts to God. We can even deny having a gift. Paul writes about gifts or manifestations in our passage today. Paul begins by reminding us that although we are each different in our gifts, service, and works, we all belong to the same God, Lord, and Spirit. Our common faith is what connects us together. In verse 7 Paul writes, “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good”. We all have gifts that have been given to us. These gifts – wisdom, knowledge, healing, prophecy, … – are given for a purpose. We are each gifted for the common good. Our churches are better pot lucks when we each bring and use our gift that the Spirit has given us. What is your gift? How are you using your gift to make your church and world a better place?

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the gifts your Spirit had given me. May I be faithful in using them to bless my church and those I meet out in the world. Amen.

One thought on “Gifts

  1. THAT A GOOD QUESTION, BECAUSE A GIFT TO GOD, HAS TO COME FROM YOUR HEART,
    IF THE CHRUCH HAVING A POT LUCK, THEN YOU TAKING A GIFT INTO GODS HOUSE
    YOU WANT GOD TO BLESS WHAT YOU TAKE INTO A HOLY PLACE.
    CHILDREN WILL THINK ANOTHER WAY, WHATS FAST, WHAT THE LESS I HAVE TO DO.
    GOD HOUSE , SHOULD GIVE US , TO STEP BACK AND PRAY WHAT WOULD PLEASE GOD FOR ME TO SHARE .
    WHEN I GO OUT TO EAT , I TIP GOOD KNOWING MY GIFT HELPS PAY SOMEONE BILLS .
    AND THAT PLEASE GOD.
    GOD HOUSE NEEDS TO BE CLEAN AND THE LIGHTS NEED TO BE PAID FOR, SO PEOPLE GIVE GODS HOUSE MONEY TO PAY FOR ITS BILLS, THE PASTOR ALSO NEEDS TO BE PAID SO HE CAN TAKE CARE OF HIS FAMILY THAT GOD BLESS HIM WITH. GIVING BEGINGS WITH LOVE IN OUR HEARTS..
    GOD IS SO LOVING . AM I ?
    WILL HE BE PLEASED BY WHAT I DO FOR OTHERS??
    I SURE DO LOVE MY LORD.
    AMEN.

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