Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. — 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
“What good am I?” That was the question that 94-year-old Hulda Steubner asked me a few months into my very first pastorate. She had lived a hard life that had taken its toll on her. Her body was worn out from 75 years of farming. Her heart was broken because of her daughter’s impending death at the hands of cancer. She couldn’t drive. She couldn’t get to church. The trip from her bed to the kitchen table was about all she could do for the morning.
In answer to her question, I wove her arthritic hands into a folded position. I asked her if she would pray for me, the work of Trinity in Sheldon, and the church at large. I told her if she did that, she was doing work that many could not. Her shocked response came, “I do that every night … in German!”
Every person, young or old, short or tall, veteran or rookie in the faith, has gifts to be used for the kingdom. They are not the same. But those simple gifts are there! You don’t even have to know what those gifts are. Just allowing the Holy Spirit to move you to financial generosity, generosity of your service or talents, is a manifesting of His work for the common good.
Ask the Lord to guide you today and in the coming days as you consider your commitment to the work of the Lord in this place. Dare to pray that the Spirit moves you beyond your comfort zone and into the freedom of knowing that the Lord gives His simple gifts to you for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
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