WE ARE THE BODY
Some thoughts on 1 Corinthians 12
The Bible says that when we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit lives inside us. In turn, when the Holy Spirit lives inside us, we are given spiritual gifts. Whether we choose to use those gifts is up to us. Sometimes, like me, you may have to step out not really knowing what your gift is and figuring it out once you take the first step.
The gifts from the Holy Spirit are for the common good. No particular gift or person is more important than another. Your gifts and my gifts will be totally different from other peoples’ gifts. The gifts must work together. This means we must work together as one body with many parts.
Ok. This sounds great but is easier said than done. You may say, “I don’t know what my gift is?”, or “I don’t have any gifts”, or “I have nothing to offer” or “I don’t have the time”. The verse that stands out for me in this whole chapter of 1 Corinthians is 26, “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.” Why does that verse stand out for me? How does that verse make me feel?
I don’t want anyone to suffer because of me. I remember going to Community Meal for the first time with these thoughts- 1) I don’t know how to cook for over 400 folks. (Cooking for more than 12 people stresses me out.) 2) I don’t want to deliver meals. (I have really bad allergies and staying outside on a windy day could put me down for the rest of the day.) But, I can follow directions well. (I believe that is from my years in the military.) Now I go to Community Meal every month. I just do whatever Angela tells me to do and she always makes me feel needed. I love the fellowship with the folks from Momentum and a few from outside of Momentum. The thought that we are one body for this moment in time feeding folks that may not have anything to eat that day truly makes me rejoice. I may not deliver meals, but I love listening to the stories from the folks that have delivered meals that I helped put together. That in turn makes me come back the next month to Community Meal.
Community Meal may not be for everyone, but using your spiritual gifts in the body of Christ is for every believer. Try something. You may find your calling.