April 2, 2014

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1 Corinthians 12:1-11

Within an orchestra, no room exists for division or distinctions. No one instrument or ensemble is superior to another. In order for the composition to be complete, each musician must perform according to high standards, playing instruments to the fullest expectations. When this occurs, members of the orchestra realize their intended purpose and audiences are treated to wonderful music.

In the same way, there is no room for division or distinctions within the Church. Such conditions cause conflict within congregations, whose intended purpose is to love God and serve neighbor. In order for a congregation to fully engage the mission of the gospel, members must strive to follow the model of Christ, each according to their gifts or abilities.

In 1 Corinthians 12, Paul explains how God equips the Church. God uniquely blesses his children and calls them to serve according to their giftedness. God’s gifts are many, just as his children are many. Yet, there is only one Spirit through whom we are gifted, and one Lord whom we serve. As we use our gifts according to God’s expectations, we realize our intended purpose and the world becomes witness to the power of God’s love.

Prayer: Holy Spirit, equip, empower and guide your church, so that we may love and serve according to your will. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by David Nuottila,
Pastor of Union Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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One Response to April 2, 2014

  1. Danny Ward says:

    If we are not using those gifts, set aside for us by Christ, we are in rebellion against the Holy Spirit. It took me a long time to recognize that. We need to allow God to have His way with us.

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