Week of April 15th 2012
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
My grandfather loved to put puzzles together. He always had a square card table with a puzzle that he was working on. During visits to see my grandparents it was pretty common for family to go in and try and see if we could help figure it all out. My grandfather was pretty good at puzzles and it would often be too hard for me to figure out what piece goes where; so sometimes it ended up one of two ways I would loose interest or try to cram a piece into a spot it didn’t belong. However my grandfather knew that every piece no mater what the shape or color had a place in the big picture, because that is how the creator of the puzzle designed it.
Do you ever wonder how your puzzle piece fits into the grand picture that Our Lord and creator has made? Just like the puzzles that my grandfather did there are many, many pieces and each one is important. Each one is absolutely necessary to complete the picture. Each one of us has been chosen by God to do his work by the Spirit. Each one of us has been given strengths and weaknesses. Our strengths give us God given purpose to help others become close to him. Our weaknesses give God given need for others. So that there is a give and take between each relationship that we Christians have, making every person important as we are united as one big picture of God’s kingdom.
Reflect on Romans 12:4-8 and, taking what we have learned over the last 12 weeks, think about your spiritual puzzle piece with all of your skills, strengths, and weaknesses and how God has created you to be a part of his big picture.
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*Living on the EDGE, Chip Ingram