A Devotion for May 5

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. ~ 1 Corinthians 12:12-13

Jealousy and envy are a dangerous thing, and often we are tempted to be jealous of other’s gifts, or at least not realize how valuable the gifts we possess are.

St. Paul makes it extraordinarily clear in his writing this morning that we are all given gifts, and they are all exceptionally valuable. It may be that you are shut in, and the only thing you can do is pray for your brothers and sisters. So you pray fervently and with a whole heart. It may never be acknowledged verbally, but your prayers are more valuable and precious than words can express. Likewise, your gifts may be mothering, or fathering, or pastoring, or teaching, or simply being there as a friend. Our gifts change over time and are different in each season of our life. Rejoice in these and use them well.

Christ gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to the church for us to grow to be able to grow in His grace. We are to work together for the glory of God and to rejoice in the gifts we have been given. These gifts work in union to glorify God and to help the whole church in the process of sanctification.

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