SUNDAY THOUGHT 24.10.2021

So we are to use our different gifts in accordance with the grace that God has given us. If our gift is to speak God’s message, we should do it according to the faith that we have; if it is to serve, we should serve; if it is to teach, we should teach; if it is to encourage others, we should do so. Whoever shares with others should do it generously; whoever has authority should work hard; whoever shows kindness to others should do it cheerfully.” [ROMANS 12 v. 6 – 8]

It is so encouraging to hear these words from Paul who reminds everyone that all our gifts come from God and every gift we have is personal to us. There is no point in comparing ourselves to others because all gifts are used depending on God’s Grace, some folk can be called to Leadership but many are called to Serve in what might seem a quiet way. Attending Church regularly is a wonderful gift, as is helping out with the events in the church, but the most important one is to Pray regularly, to keep in touch with God and to support the church.

If you are not sure what you can do I suggest you look to verse 8 “if it is to encourage others, we should do so.” Encouragement is a wonderful thing and it helps others to feel the fellowship and warmth of being in the congregation. Here is a wee story I have come across which highlights that we all serve in our own way and each person is truly important.

An elderly man, Tam, an Elder in a Scottish congregation, saw an influx of new believers in his church, some of whom demonstrated gifts that marked them out for the Ministry someday.  Every day, Tam walked his dog and met one of these recent Christians, who also walked his dog on the same farm road.  The young man, Brian, missed Tam for a few weeks, as the old Elder had fallen ill with the ‘flu.  At Church, the Minister asked Brian to take over Tam’s place at the door, welcoming people on a Sunday.  Three weeks passed, until one Saturday morning, Tam and Brian were back on the farm road with the dogs.  It turned out that Tam was experiencing ‘flu’s depressive effects and he began to complain. 

“People like you, Brian, can get up on a pulpit and preach great things from the Bible.  And what can I do?  Nothing!” 

Brian replied:  “Tam, do you know what I’ve been doing the last three Sundays?” 

“No, what?” 

“Taking your place on the door.  And I’ve lost count of the number of people whose faces fell when they saw me, and they asked, ‘Where’s Tam?’  Do you know why?  It’s because you have a gift of welcome that I don’t have.  And you are the first sermon they get at the door.” 

After this, Tam and Brian got on even better, understanding each other’s gift in the Body. 

So we are called to be together by God Himself and we all have God-ordained functions, which are found by considering the gifts with which God has already endowed us. This applies to every single Christian in a congregation, no matter how ungifted they may feel.

LET US PRAY

LOVING LORD,

Save us from ever feeling unimportant.

Prevent us from playing down our gifts

Help us to see that what we do is glorious in Your Sight

When we are downhearted, lift us up,

When we despair, give us strength

Remind us that we are Your children

And so Dearly Loved.

We ask in Jesus Name.​​AMEN

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