Everyone Can Give Something

 

Have you ever heard a sermon or sound byte on the radio and thought, "what a wonderful revelation. Where did they come up with that?  How did they think up such a great truth?"  The answer is found here in these Scriptures ...

 

The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ ... 

"Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.  If the foot should say, "Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body," it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body ... If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, "I don't need you!" And the head cannot say to the feet, "I don't need you!" On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it." (1 Corinthians 12:12-31)

There is so much truth in these verses.  In a practical sense, each of us has something to give that will astound all the rest.  Each of us has those "aha" revelations to share with the others.  I have something to give to encourage you, and you in turn, something you can give me.  This is the Body of Christ working at it's best.

But these gifts and "talents" if you will aren't to show how great we are, but are given so we can serve others.

"Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms" (1 Peter 4:10).

We all have something to give the rest.  These gifts are given to help us serve and encourage the rest of the Church.  Let's spend our lives discovering what God's doing in and through us to the benefit of others, and let's do our best to serve others faithfully, letting it not be about personal success, but building up the Kingdom of God.  As we build the Kingdom, God will do whatever he thinks best with our own lives. 

Everyone can give something.