In this morning’s Bible Devotion, I read from Romans 12
The part that stood out for me and that I’d like to highlight was exactly corresponding to yesterday’s post on Grace which is why this post is titled “Part 2.”
Stating from verse 3.
Humble Service in the Body of Christ
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[b] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
Verse 3: Because of God-given GRACE we are expected to be humble.
Verses 4 & 5: We are all members of God’s Body; work together graciously!
Verse 6: We’re NOT all the same! We have different talents, responsibilities and desires. GRACE is what allows us to exercise those gifts.
- Prophesying–do you note how we are instructed to prophesy according to our faith? What does it mean? It means that we can’t just “prophesy” anything we feel like “speaking into being.” Whatever prophesies come from God are inspired and not to be taken (or spoken of) lightly.
- Serving–If you have the ABILITY to serve, why sit around waiting for room service for yourself?
- Teaching–If you have the gift of addressing groups of people, be it in a school, church or publicly, your GOD-GIVEN DUTY is to proclaim God’s Word to them regardless of whether or not they want to hear it!
- Encouragement–Do have a talent for encouraging people? Start today and help someone who’s struggling to find new strength in Jesus Christ!
- Giving–This can be financial, spiritual and physical giving of yourself. If you have money that you wish to donate to somebody, this could be financially for you. If you have some spiritual piece of upliftment that you’d like to share with someone, this could mean spiritually for you. If you have the ability to help someone who needs maintenance done on their house, gardening to do, paw-paws to pick, pig pens to muck out or simply help clean up the house, then this could mean physically for you.
- Leadership–If God has blessed you with leadership abilities, lead with diligence and joy!
- Mercy–If you have been given the gifts of mercy and compassion, help someone in need to catch a glimps of God’s compassion for mankind by seeing it evident in your life. Do it heartily as unto the Lord! Be cheerful!
Every gift given to us by God is given with grace. Did you know that trials and tribulations are gifts, too? And did you know that we’re given GRACE to endure those trials?!