Many Parts, One Body

So the Twelve gathered all the disciples together and said, “It would not be right for us to neglect the ministry of the word of God in order to wait on tables.  Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them and will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the word.”
Acts 6:2-4
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 
1 Corinthians 12:12
The apostles could not do everything. This passage sees them come up against their own limitations. There is too much for them to do. They recognise how important the need is amongst the widows of the early church. They recognise the injustice of the alleged discrimination. And they recognise their limited capacity to successfully solve this pressing issue. Their reaction is telling.

The apostles gather all the disciples together, and ask for their help. They ask the assembled group to put forward those who will be able to shoulder this responsibility. This is a powerful reminder that there are many different roles that need to be fulfilled within our community for it to function in a healthy and godly manner.

In 1 Corinthians 12, the Apostle Paul uses an image of a body to illustrate this. If you have time, it’s well worth reading the whole section, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31. There Paul warns us against inadequacy and pride. We shouldn’t negatively compare ourselves against others. We need to be careful we don’t fall in to feelings of inferiority or superiority. Instead, we should be grateful for the many different gifts in our church, and the vital part we all must play.

This is a wonderful pattern for us to follow. We too want to be a church that releases people in to their giftings and passions, where everyone’s contribution is nurtured and celebrated.
1)  How has God made you? What are your passions, desires and skills? What could you contribute to our church community? (If you’re struggling to answer this question, get some of your friends involved! Ask them what they see you in.)

2)  As COVID restrictions continue to ease (hopefully!), how could you use your gifts to serve our church family as we regather?

3)  Is there someone you know who needs to be encouraged to use their gifts to bless, love and serve others? How could you encourage them today?
Heavenly Father, thank you that I am part of the body of Christ and for the gifts that you have generously given me. Highlight to me the contribution I can bring to serve my church in this unsettled and difficult time. Please use me to complement the work carried out by my brothers and sisters in my church. Unite us together as we serve you, each other and the community around us. Would my church be a place where everyone’s contribution is nurtured and celebrated as we are released in to our gifts and passions. In Jesus' name, Amen.
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