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6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy. let us prophecy in proportion to our faith; 7 or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; 8 the who exhorts in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
The apostle Paul was addressing the church in Rome about serving God with spiritual gifts. God has placed within each person gifts to be used. Paul spoke of this while talking about the body of Christ and equated the body of Christ to a physical body of a person. Each person has an important role just like each body part you possess. Along with each person having an important role, the gifts God has placed within you have a role as well. Paul specifically talks about serving God with the gifts. Giving back to the one who gave to you shows appreciation. Many equate giving to God with just giving God money. But when God says to serve Him, it goes beyond money. Giving to God means with your time and talent as well. When you love someone, you give. When you appreciate someone you often want to give to them. The parable of the talents which Jesus talked about is Continue reading
This is an excerpt from the upcoming book, Successful Growth, Successful You by Sharman J. Monroe:
Now you [collectively] are Christ’s body and [individually] you are members of it, each part severally and distinct [each with his own place and function].
1 Corinthians 12:27 (AMP)
God purposely did not make any two people exactly the same. Although some people may have things in common (physical attributes, interests, behavior, likes and dislikes), they are not exactly the same. Identical twins are not exactly alike. God made you in His image and likeness, and gave you the skills and talents He wanted you to use to glorify Him (Genesis 1:27). It says in His Word:
All these [gifts, achievements, abilities] are inspired and brought to pass by one and the same [Holy] Spirit, Who apportions to each person individually [exactly] as He chooses.
1 Corinthians 12:11 (AMP)
God knew exactly what He was doing when He made you the way you are; He didn’t make any mistakes (Psalm 139:13-18). Continue reading