Verse of the Day


"For by grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage, if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."

~Romans 12:3-8


Today's Devotional Thought

February 03, 2010 by Wendy Foreman



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Gifts

God gives us all gifts to use in the body of Christ. Much like our own bodies, there are different parts that do different things. If everyone was a great teacher, then who would lead? If everyone was a great encourager, then who would show mercy to those around us? I’ve heard this passage of scripture preached on many times, but for some reason, it has really come to light for me recently.

I am at an advantage being in the ministry, because I see how people use their gifts in the church. I find that many people do the comparison game. They look at someone else’s gifts and wish they had that gift. And, I am going to be honest here and admit that even I have done that through the years. For so many years, I thought music was all I was good at. Now, people would come up to me and tell me how they envied me because I could sing. I, on the other hand, would be envying them and the gifts that they had. I would pray and ask the Lord to show me other areas of ministry that I was gifted in. He has slowly opened up doors and I am learning what those gifts are and I am using them for Him. He gives us all different gifts to use in His church. They are all different in nature, power, and effectiveness. Our role, honestly, is to be obedient in using our gifts.

How many of you struggle with self-esteem? This could be a real issue when it comes to recognizing and using your gifts. There are some who overestimate themselves. This could be a problem because this type of person may fail to see that their gifts are from the Lord. On the other hand, if you are a person who has low self-esteem, then you may not even recognize your gifts and therefore, not even attempt to use them in the church body. There needs to be a healthy balance.

The key to all of this is to know the basis of your self worth which is our identity in Christ. When we truly recognize this, we will know that apart from Christ we aren’t capable of doing anything of eternal value. And, with Him we are valuable and capable of using those God given gifts to help others and make an eternal difference.

I want to encourage you today to pray and ask God to show you what your gifts are, if you aren’t sure. When you are confident of what they are, don’t compare yourself to anyone else. We are ALL important in God’s eyes and He has given us all different gifts that we need to embrace and use to the fullest. I love that the Lord places us in the paths of people who have different gifts than we have and He then uses us to do amazing things for His kingdom. Embrace your gifts today and be confident in the Lord and in using those gifts within the body of Christ.


Memorize this verse today:

"For by grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach, if it is encouraging, let him encourage, if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully."
~Romans 12:3-8



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