Bible Reading: I Corinthians 12
Key Words: I would not have you ignorant
As you study I Corinthians, chapters 12 and 13 in particular, it becomes clear that many of the members in the congregation desired the same spiritual gifts. So Paul is teaching these believers in the church the importance of the diversity of spiritual gifts.
Can you imagine if every member of Mountain View had the gift of singing, but no one had the gift of teaching? We’d be one dumb congregation, but we sure would sound good.
“The Carpenter’s tools held a conference. Brother Hammer presided. Several suggested he leave the meeting because he was too noisy. Replied the Hammer, ‘If I have to leave this shop, Brother Screw must go also. You have to turn him around again and again to get him to accomplish anything.’
“Brother Screw then spoke up. ‘If you wish, I’ll leave. But Brother Plane must leave too. All his work is on the surface. His efforts have no depth.’
“To this Brother Plane responded, ‘Brother Rule will also have to withdraw, for he is always measuring folks as though he were the only one who is right.’
“Brother Rule then complained against Brother Sandpaper, ‘You ought to leave too because you’re so rough and always rubbing people the wrong way.’
“In the midst of all this discussion, in walked the Carpenter of Nazareth. He had arrived to start His day’s work. Putting on His apron, He went to the bench to make a pulpit from which to proclaim the Word of God. He employed the hammer, screw, plane, rule, sandpaper, and all the other tools. After the day’s work when the pulpit was finished, Brother Saw arose and remarked, ‘Brethren, I observe that all of us are workers together with the Lord.’”
The problem in the church of Corinth was that they did not understand the importance of the diversity of gifts! I trust you do and that you use your gifts for the Lord.
What to do:
✞ Your gift is not for your personal edification, but for the glory of God...so use your gifts for that purpose.
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