Romans 12:3-8 ESV
For by the grace given to me, I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Quieten your heart and mind. Turn off all distractions and close your eyes. Put away anxiousness and listen. Bring your heart and mind into stillness before God. Set aside your agenda and opinions and reflect on God’s Words.
Paul reminds us in these verses that living out our transformed lives takes place in a community of believers – as part of a local church. He also reminds us that our local church, while diverse, is a unity of believers. We depend on each other based on the gifts God has given us to carry out the ministry and mission of the church. Paul encourages the active use of gifts for the improvement of the church. What spiritual gifts has God given you? Are you faithful in using them? What excuses do we sometimes make when we don’t exercise these gifts for the benefit of others? What is God calling you to do so that you are entirely using all of the gifts – and blessings He has given you to be used for others? How does Satan discourage us from using our gifts?
Dear Jesus, we are Your Body. We are Your Bride. Thank you for salvation through your ultimate sacrifice. Through You, we may be in the right relationship with God the Father. Help us to honor You through service to others. May Your Holy Spirit convict us when we fail to support and serve our brothers and sisters in Christ fully. Hear, my prayer – what do you want me to do? In your name, I pray. Amen.