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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Know Your Gift

"Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular" (1 Corinthians 12:27)

The task of the church is too great for any one person to compass and too varied for the skill of any one person to accomplish.

God has met this difficulty by dividing the task and giving to every man gifts that enable him to do his part. By distributing the work, He lightens the burden for all and makes possible the smooth carrying out of His purposes among men. That is undoubtedly the reason behind the gifts of the Spirit given to the various members of the Christian community. Here, as elsewhere, the manifold wisdom of God is revealed.

Blessed is the man who knows his gift and who seeks to exercise it toward the other members of the body of Christ "as good stewards of the manifold grace of God" (1 Peter 4:10).

The Holy Spirit desires to take us and control us and use us as instruments and organs through whom He can express Himself in the body of Christ. The Spirit of God, His presence and His gifts are not simply desirable in our Christian congregations; they are absolutely imperative.

~A. W. Tozer~

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