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1 Corinthians 12:4-6, 12-14, 18-20
There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work.
Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.
But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.
BlogFam, have you ever witnessed the ostracizing of anyone? Sometimes for the most immature and selfish reasons men and women, boys and girls are left out of the game, the clique, the crowd, and the crew. Those who are left out have been intentionally ignored, rejected, and abandoned because in that moment somebody does not want them around. Have you ever felt this way? I know you made it pass that moment and you are fine now or maybe it just recently happened to you and you are struggling to deal with it, either way, this does not feel good. This blatant disregard for your presence and what you might bring to the table is not a boost to our self-esteem. In fact, so many may have moved on but I can just about guarantee you that there are many more who carry the emotional wounds of being left out – kicked out – cussed out – walked out on – and that moment in time hindered their ability, their confidence, and their motivation to move out of that dark place. For deep down, even if they verbalize a nonchalant attitude on this matter, the TRUTH is that people want to fit in!
EVERYBODY wants to fit in somewhere. EVERYBODY wants to feel that they are a part of something. EVERYBODY wants to have a place, a part, or a position in something or at least in the heart of someone special. Therefore, today, I simply want to encourage you so that you know beyond a shadow of a doubt that in the great plans of the ALMIGHTY CREATOR, YOU were not an afterthought! YOU were on the forefront of the Creator’s mind when you were formed in your mother’s womb and YOU have a special place in the heart of our God.
We all have a special place in God and we all can serve in a special way. Friends, the body of Christ NEEDS You. We NEED exactly what you can offer and we NEED it today. Actually, what any of us can offer to the Body of Christ is essential to the building up of the Kingdom of God! And when we refuse to serve our family or in our church or out in the community, we are being selfishly ungrateful and in essence, making it clear that the one who created you does not fit into our lives.
My sistas and brothas, as we come to the end of our 40 days of fasting, today is a great day for you to ask the Lord, how you fit into the body of Christ. In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul outlines a number of spiritual gifts. I do not think that this is an exhaustive list but the main point of this chapter is what is most important to me in our moments together. He basically says YOU were designed to FIT IN right here in the Body of Christ! This is an important revelation for some of you because the TRUTH is that the first place you FIT IN was in God’s family and that is the most important family to be a part of even above your earthly family.
Paul says we must understand that: There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. We were created to be different from one another. We were not created to be exactly the same and that is OK because God is at work in and through ALL of us.
Furthermore, Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. In other words, we are many, and we are one at the same time. All who believe and have been baptized as a symbol of their spiritual kinship, have received the same Spirit which unites us to make us one body.
In fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. And God knew exactly how we were all supposed to FIT IN. God wisely placed in us what would be needed for the Body of Christ to function in healthy, progressive, and self-sustaining ways in this world. There is no need for any of us to want to be like someone else or to have the gifts of someone else. We were created to be different and to serve as one.
BlogFam, you were created with a place to FIT IN. I know that you may have been looking for your place but while you are searching, PLEASE do not overlook the FIRST place of all places that you were designed to FIT IN – the Body of Christ. You were created to FIT IN the Kingdom of God and no one else can take your place!
Therefore, today, I pray that you would embrace the gift of diversity in the body of Christ. I pray that you would not criticize or ostracize your fellow sistas and brothas who desire to serve. I pray that you would ask God about the place where God would have for you to serve. I pray that our God would create opportunities just for you. I pray that you would never forget that you FIT IN the Body of Christ and your place herein was especially designed with you in mind by our Creator. And I pray that you would serve in the place where you FIT IN with joy and encourage others to do the same!
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