Saint Mark Daily Lenten Devotional – March 18, 2015

by Kenn William

Scripture1 Corinthians 12:1-11

We are all blessed in many ways although at times it may not seem that way, and we fail to acknowledge the gifts we are given.  Other times we are well aware of our gifts but we lose sight of the source and the proper use of our gifts.

In 1 Corinthians 12:1-11, Paul speaks of gifts. He reminds the people of Corinth, formerly pagans who were “influenced and led astray to mute idols,” that there are many spiritual gifts among them, but all are distributed by the same Spirit. He goes on to tell them that “[t]here 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.”  Paul writes that “to each one, the manifestation of Spirit is given for the common good.”  He describes various gifts from the same Spirit and concludes by stating “[a]ll these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he distributes them to each one, just as he determines.”

We are all blessed with various gifts.  Gifts come in many forms. Some are more obvious than others.  We all have opportunities to use our gifts.  Contributing our gifts in service to the Lord allows us to continue to grow individually and as a church.

There can be unity in the diversity of our gifts.  It is important to remember that we all have something to offer.  All of our contributions, regardless of the form, size or manner, are important. Sharing our various gifts is also a way to witness to those outside the church. We should seek to use the gifts we have in service and gratitude. All of our gifts come from the same God.  Rejoice and thank God for our gifts.

Prayer: Lord, help us to pause and rejoice over the blessings you have given to us. May we use the gifts you have bestowed upon us to grow as your children and continue to build your church.  Amen.

Saint Mark United Methodist Church


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