January 18, 2020

Scripture: 1st Corinthians 7:7

…each has a particular gift from God, one having one kind and another a different kind.

Thought for the Day: The powerful and outspoken activist, Gloria Steinem wrote, “There’s no greater gift than thinking that you had some impact on the world, for the better.” I don’t intend to make anyone feel guilty or like an underachiever, but how many of us want to get to our last days and deeply question whether our lives had any sort of positive impact? I’m not suggesting we must start a nonprofit that houses thousands of people, though not a bad thing at all. What Paul wanted his community to hear was two fold: 1. You have a gift; 2. You need to use it for the good things of God. Rarely will your gift have you on television or even receiving a thank you, but that’s not the point. It is about finding what this complex grouping of cells in the form of a human body is gifted to do, and then using that gift to bring goodness and grace to the world. I know people who are incredibly busy in their work, yet they find a way of making a difference in the world in often small and unpretentious ways.

Prayer: By gifting us we learn of your love, O Lord, and how you trust us to be full participants in the work Jesus set forth. Assist us as we discover and utilize these gifts for the sake of the Gospel. Amen.

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