Bringing Something To The Table

Greetings In the Name of the Lord:

1 Corinthians 14:26 (NLT)
Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.

Have you ever said to yourself, “I wish I had something to contribute to the church,” or “I wish I had the talent that they do?” Perhaps you see yourself as unimportant, untalented and insignificant in the Kingdom of God. Well let me tell you, you couldn’t be more wrong. You have at least one and maybe more gifts to contribute to the church. The reality of the Kingdom of God is that none of us is unimportant or ungifted. Paul clearly states that God has given all of us something to contribute to the church. He says in his letter to the Ephesians, “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ” (Eph. 1:3, NLT). In this verse Paul makes it quite clear that we all have something to give and something to contribute. According to my friend Dr. Stanley Horton, “‘Everyone has’ means that everyone should have a part and contribute something to the building up of the whole assembly. Over too much of church history, the body of Christ has been paralyzed, with clergy dominating the laity and smothering their gifts. We are not to be like a theater audience, where one or several paid actors act on the stage while everybody else merely looks on” (Horton, I & II Corinthians). This past summer our church put on its own Kids Crusade after several years of hiring someone to come in and do it for us. What we discovered is that we have a lot more to offer than we thought we did. People who at the outset said, “I can’t do anything,!” realized that they can do more than they realized. They discovered that they had talents and abilities that they had never used before because the never stepped out in faith and put them into action. We all have something to contribute, and God has blessed us with the ability to do more than we realize. The question isn’t do I have anything to contribute, but when I am going to start using what God has given me.

In Christ,

Pastor Mark

 

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