On-line bible study week 4 (Feb 4 – Feb 11) Read Exodus 35:30-35 and Romans 12:6-13 as well as 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 & 3:16-17.
This week I have you jumping around in the scripture a bit to illustrate what God has revealed to me, and laid on my heart to share this week.
First? Let’s talk about the Super Bowl! Winning a Super Bowl takes talent. In the post-game interview? Both the coach and QB gave the glory to “My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ” and one said “I feel God brought me here for this time.” Or course He did! We only saw the end result, the speeches that lifted up the name of Jesus. But God put those talents and abilities in those men a long time ago. And my guess? They recognized that, and as they trained to use their talents? They were also seeking the Lord. End result? A coach who just 6 short years ago was coaching high school football and the QB? He was a “fill in” for the QB who got hurt. You’ll never convince me it wasn’t a “destiny moment”. God knew those men could handle that pressure and fame and still stay humble enough to know HE gave them the talents they have.
Someone out there is feeling like they have no purpose. Feeling like because they are not the worship leader or preacher (or didn’t just win a Super Bowl) they have no talent. I beg to differ!! Read on….
What I love about this scripture is how it confirms that God designed us each with a special talent specifically for a special purpose.
In Exodus (before the birth of Christ) we read that the Lord filled men with special skills as engravers, designers and craftsmen to fulfill the purpose to build the temple where his spirit would reside and would be worshipped.
Now get this! In Romans (after the birth of Christ) we read how He has given each of us who believe a special talent. And all are different, but all very much needed!! Why? For building a temple! Not one of brick and mortar, bronze and gold. But the new temple where His spirit dwells. (That’s us!!) In other words? We are called to be a living sacrifice and use our talents to build His kingdom on earth.
“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” – 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
My study bible (Life Application Study Bible) has this to say and I thought worth sharing: Romans 12:6-8 – God gives us gifts so we can build up his church. To use them effectively, we must (1) realize that all gifts and abilities come from God; (2) understand that not everyone has the same gifts (3) know who we are and what we do best; (4) dedicate our gifts to God’s service and not to our own personal success (5) be willing to utilize our gifts whole heartedly, not holding anything back from God’s service. God’s gifts differ in nature, power and effectiveness according to his wisdom and graciousness, not according to our faith. Our role is to be faithful and to seek ways to serve others with what Christ has given us.
Look at this list of gifts and imagine the kinds of people who would have each gift. Prophets are often bold and articulate. Servers (Those in ministry) are faithful and loyal. Teachers are clear thinkers. Encouragers know how to motivate others. Givers are generous and trusting. Leaders are good organizers and managers. Those who show kindness are caring people who are happy to give their time to others. I would be difficult for one person to embody all these gifts. An assertive prophet would not usually make a good counselor, and a generous giver might fail as a leader. When you identify your own gifts (and this list is far from complete) ask how you can use them to build up God’s family. At the same time, realize it takes everyone’s gifts, working together, to build Christ’s church.
“Don’t you realize that all of you together are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God lives in you?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16
My memory verse for this week? Romans 12:9 “Don’t just pretend to love others, really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.” This verse speaks to my heart because I feel God’s power and grace when I love, really love, when it’s not easy to love. When someone has hurt your feelings. When you feel rejection. But instead? You choose love.
I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes by Alicia Keys.. “Comparing yourself to someone else keeps you from becoming who you were truly meant to be.”
Be blessed my friends and have a great week!