3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. 6 We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.
As bodies are my business, I feel I should have some profound thoughts on us working cohesively as a Body of Faith. But what I am thinking of is the grace that is needed by other parts of the body when one part breaks down. If I break my ankle then other parts of me must work harder (arms and shoulders for crutches, the other leg and my vestibular system for balance) until things are better. Those parts extend ‘grace’ to my ankle for as long as is needed.
Where can I extend grace towards my brothers and sisters in Christ? How can I help another to be the very best person that God created them to be? Where is God calling me to extend grace today? It is too easy to be judgmental or offended when we perceive someone not ‘pulling their weight’. When our human bodies break down there are systems in place to help us recover. If our spiritual bodies have a problem then I want to be part of the solution for that too. Paul says it is ‘by grace’, he doesn’t say it’s easy!!
Thank you God that you saw fit to save a sinner like me. Help me to use the abilities and gifts you have given me to be a blessing to others and the church. Help me Lord to have a heart of Grace, not a spirit of judgement. In Jesus Name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight