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Hey friend – how are you? How are you, really? Are you extra thankful it’s the weekend? I definitely am so you’re not alone if you are!
The reason I wanted to choose gifts for the June theme was that I think it’s really easy to feel like you can’t contribute – to your job, relationships, and even ministry. It think it’s really easy to lose sight of your skills, talents, and the great little things that make you, you. Social media, full schedules, and comparison sometimes rob us of a healthy perspective. Honestly, for me, it’s pretty tough to chalk myself up to feeling proud of something because I can bury it with doubt or criticism in .2 seconds. We all do it, but we should all realllllly try not to!
This struggle ties in with a recurring theme God is revealing to me lately:
Be faithful because I am faithful.
The conviction to remain faithful to God and truly believe that He is and always will be faithful is popping up right and left. Are we not to trust that He is who He says He is, He will do what He says He’ll do and that we’ve been given exactly the right gifts/skills/capabilities we’re supposed to have? I can feel a post coming about that later, but for now – if you feel like you’re not useful, valued, and special – oh my goodness you so are. You are completely unlike anyone else – regardless of your clothes, your past, and even your personality. There are unique gifts inside of you waiting to be used for a specific purpose.
For the best kind of affirmation, let’s go straight to scripture. Read the verses below and try to tell me you’re not special!
Enjoy your weekend and know that you are truly known and loved by God.
*This is more of a spotlight on 1 Corinthains 12 – rather than 10 different verses, btw! I think it just explains it so well.*
Romans 12:6 – 8
“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.”
1 Corinthians 12:4 – 6
“There are different kinds of spiritual gifts, but the same Spirit is the source of them all. There are different kinds of service, but we serve the same Lord. God works in different ways, but it is the same God who does the work in all of us.“
1 Corinthians 12:7 – 11
“A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have.“
1 Corinthians 12: 12 – 31
“The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body. So it is with the body of Christ. Some of us are Jews, some are Gentiles, some are slaves, and some are free. But we have all been baptized into one body by one Spirit, and we all share the same Spirit.
Yes, the body has many different parts, not just one part. If the foot says, “I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,” that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, “I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,” would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smell anything?
But our bodies have many parts, and God has put each part just where he wants it. How strange a body would be if it had only one part! Yes, there are many parts, but only one body. The eye can never say to the hand, “I don’t need you.” The head can’t say to the feet, “I don’t need you.”
In fact, some parts of the body that seem weakest and least important are actually the most necessary. And the parts we regard as less honorable are those we clothe with the greatest care. So we carefully protect those parts that should not be seen, while the more honorable parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together such that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity. This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other. If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.
All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it. Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles,
those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others,
those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.
Are we all apostles? Are we all prophets? Are we all teachers? Do we all have the power to do miracles? Do we all have the gift of healing? Do we all have the ability to speak in unknown languages? Do we all have the ability to interpret unknown languages? Of course not! So you should earnestly desire the most helpful gifts.”
– Caitlin –