There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work. Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and He distributes them to each one, just as He determines. (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)
Do you read this passage and wonder if you really have any special gifts that God has entrusted you with to show His love and care? I sometimes feel that way. When I do, I look at Jesus.
When He came as a baby, He put on a human body like yours and mine.
This year, maybe you’ve become keenly aware of your human need for physical connection and the presence of others. For me, the internet was a lifeline to stay connected. But, at times, it also was a frustrating reminder of what was missing. It can steal our sense of the gifts God’s given us “in real life.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love being able to find a song or podcast whenever I like. But I have to be careful because the internet also leaves me thinking I have nothing to contribute to this wealth of ideas. Compared to what’s out there, I can feel mediocre.
What I forget is that God doesn’t call us to be disembodied voices online. God gave you a body and calls you to be physically present for the circle of people He placed in your life. You can trust that God gave you all you need to show His endless love to those people right where you are.
Your body and abilities may limit you in some ways, but your physical presence is so wonderful that Jesus became human to be face to face with you. And that presence is only one gift you have to give to the world.
Pray and Reflect
Who in your life could use the gift of your physical presence?
Who can you listen to, sit with and remind they are loved?
Pray that God would use you just as you are this week.
(written by Joanna Wilson)