01-16-20

ECCLESIOLOGICAL ETCHINGS

January 16, 2020

Scripture: 1st Corinthians 3:9-10

We are God’s coworkers, and you are God’s field, God’s building. I laid a foundation like a wise master builder according to God’s grace that was given to me, but someone else is building on top of it. Each person needs to pay attention to the way they build on it.

Thought for the Day: It was Michael Jordan (it wouldn’t surprise me a few others said something similar) who said,

Talent wins games,

but teamwork and intelligence

wins championships.

As I think about the church, we speak often about the Spiritual Gifts people have. In fact, Pat Cooksey started her classes yesterday on the topic. Our God-inspired/Spirit-filled talents can do some pretty amazing things, but they were never intended to run solo. There is truly a team aspect to what we do. In fact, so often people with one specific Spiritual Gift finds it necessary to do something way outside his/her spiritual strength. It is exhausting and uninspiring, and before long the very ministry/program/outreach/mission God was attempting to link the person’s gift with is lost in the distraction of doing something that someone else on team should be doing. Oh sure, there are times when we need to fill in gaps where God might still be working on someone, but don’t allow yourself to become burned out because you never actually get around to doing the thing you were created to do.

Prayer: Let me find those who will serve with me in the task to which you have called me. At the same time, let me be aware of those who are doing a good thing, yet lack the gift I have. Draw us together, Merciful God, for the amazing work you seek to do in this world. Amen.



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