“But the manifestation of the spirit is given to every man to profit withal.”
I Corinthians 12:7
We are members one of another and it is time we took these words seriously and began to act like one harmonious body again. The gifts of the Spirit are not only for use within the church. They are for the world as well.
Some who have the gift of teaching ought to be exercising it in their homes. Some who have the gift of helping ought to be using it in the office, the shop, or wherever they are. Remember that the ministry of the body is the ministry of Jesus Christ, His continuing ministry in human society. Christ loves this world and the men and women in it. He loves the homeless, the street derelicts, the drug addicts, the alcoholics, the prostitutes, the gang members, the down and outers on crack, the business people enslaved by the god of success, the Generation X’ers who have given up on the future, the baby boomers who have achieved their goals and status goals and still feel hollow inside.
Jesus loves them all, and He wants to reach them about the Savior who has given His life for them, the Father who gave His only Son for them, and the Spirit who wants to empower them and indwell them.
Our job is to exercise our gifts in order to urge, draw, and love people into the Kingdom of God and the Body of Christ. That is why God has equipped us with gifts and filled us with His life. As we discover and use the gifts He has given us, we become His hands, His mouth, His feet, going out into the world and telling His story; doing His work; sharing His love; completing His eternal plan for the redemption of this broken world! Pastor Reg