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1 Corinthians 12:12-20

Just like our physical body, the body of Christ is made up of many different parts, with each one necessary for the body to function properly. I love that illustration. And pretty much every time I read 1 Corinthians 12:12-20 it gets me thinking about what specific body part I'm comparable to and how I'm functioning as that part. But body parts aside, the big thing for me from this passage is knowing that God uniquely gifted me for His purposes.

So how has God gifted you as part of the body of Christ? How are you using that gifting? And, are you functioning at full capacity? Tami W.

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I am gifted as an engineer/inventor. God's continuing gift to me is ideas that can aid mankind in daily living. I want to bring glory to God through ideas that will help visually impaired persons and ideas that will help my church and my community and my country.

God has built each person with strengths. Our tendency is to live our lives building up our weaknesses to become "well-rounded," so to speak, and I fear that, in doing so, we all too often fail to live within and make full use of our God-given strengths.

These strengths aren't just talents and abilities, but mindsets, emotional make-ups, etc. God has made me, for example, as someone who can empathize with others, and has often used that as I've allowed Him to in order to be of comfort and understanding to hurting hearts.

When we know our strengths, and allow the Lord to use them to His glory, we'll find that our place within the body becomes clear, and our effectiveness for His kingdom is often more tangible for us and for others.s

Good questions. God has given me a good mind with insights sometimes into different things. Unfortunately, I tend to use that gifting to glorify myself instead of glorifying God. That makes people reluctant to listen to me. And I'm not functioning at full capacity right now because I have to withdraw from people sometimes. They get tired of me. I need to learn to glorify God with my gift, so that people can enjoy it as much as I do.

I just got out of the hospital because of a suicide attempt. This scripture reminds me of something else today. No matter how useless or worthless any of us may feel in the body of Christ. We all have a purpose there. I remember the Scripture where the disciples asked Jesus who sinned that this person that was in front of them wound up with the problem that he had. Jesus said that the man's problem was not a result of sin, but the problem was there so that God would be glorified. If you feel like more of a problem in the body of Christ than a blessing, maybe your purpose is to glorify God as they see you healed.

However, I believe . . I know that many people believe in instant healing, and I believe that God is able to heal me or anyone in a moment. However, I believe that God generally loves us too much to heal us instantly. He wants us to work out our healing with him, by learning to trust him for greater and greater degrees of healing.

God has also gifted me as a prayer soldier. I have known about that gifting since I was saved in 1992, but I am less likely to use it because it can't glorify myself with this gift. It more involves the keeping of my mouth shut when I'm not talking to Jesus. Lately, since my pastor just died (about 2 months ago) I have been reminded of how much I need to get back on the job praying for my church. (He used to very actively pray for the members of our church.) I have been preparing to get active with this gift, but I have been reluctant to actually get at it again. I will have to start with confession, and keep that confession very current, just as my pastor did, and as he encouraged me to do. Praying is much more important than knowing. I just prayed that God would help me get back on track.

Tami, please don't stop this blog. I'll try to tell my friends about it. But, it is really useful to me.

We know that Paul is speaking of the “body” of Christ, but what is a body? A single body is a whole host of things working in concert. Have you ever listened to an orchestra? I remember that it seemed magical the way that one instrument let loose of the melody, and I thought the melody had been lost. But, no, no, there it was again. It had been taken up again by another part of the orchestra. Listening to the orchestra was like an adventure for my ears. Our bodies are hundreds of thousands of cells working “in concert.” If one member takes on too much, the world around us gives glory to that member. But, when we act “in concert”, the world has no explanation for that because it does not know our conductor.

We know that Paul is speaking of the “body” of Christ, but what is a body? A single body is a whole host of things working in concert. Have you ever listened to an orchestra? I remember that it seemed magical the way that one instrument let loose of the melody, and I thought the melody had been lost. But, no, no, there it was again. It had been taken up again by another part of the orchestra. Listening to the orchestra was like an adventure for my ears. Our bodies are hundreds of thousands of cells working “in concert.” If one member takes on too much, the world around us gives glory to that member. But, when we act “in concert”, the world has no explanation for that because it does not know our conductor.

I find that the worlds view point on gifts is not always a fair assessment, especially, since there is a hierarchy of education that is required regardless, of the career. I have noticed that a lot of genuinely talented people are bypassed by others that might not have innate gifts but are recognized on account of their academic achievements. This is why a lot of people are overlooked for careers that they might have been able to make great advancements in. I try to encourage young people that I work with to not give up on their dreams, and I always show respect for all people that I encounter doing jobs that the world might consider menial. I probably will never understand the price that is associated with a persons worth. When people come into this world with a clear perception of their gifts and learn early how to contribute to the world using them its none other than a blessing, however I believe the rest of the population may struggle with this for a long time before figuring it out. Some days I feel as though I'm functioning at full capacity, others I feel as through I miss the mark. I find myself asking God what do you want me to do more often than not.

We place a lot of emphasis on 'finding' our strengths, perfecting them, using them. And there is nothing wrong with that as long as it is for God's glory and not our own. I was reminded of 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. "My (Jesus) power is made perfect in weakness"...'Therefore I (Paul) will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.' Whether we are weak or strong we are suited for God's purposes.

I have really struggled with this scripture because as believer's if a group has one doctrine and is different from the everyone else, we tend to shun them and likewise. If we are really the church than what my doctrine teaches I believe that we must leave at the door of the building where we worship and work side by side with each other for the sake of the Gospel. I know in witnessing I have found several people who see this and don't want to hear what I have to say.

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