Author:Jaime H. Menor Jr.
Are You a Good Steward of the Gift God has Entrusted to Your Care?
Humble Service in the Body of Christ (Romans 12:3-5)
3 For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you. 4 For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, 5 so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
The story below by an unknown author gives an interesting illustration of how one believer not exercising their gift in the Body can affect the message produced by the entire Body.
A Brokxn Kxy
Evxn though my typxwritxr is an old modxl, it works quitx wxll xxcxpt for onx of the kxys.
I havx many timxs wishxd that is workxd pxrfxctly.
It is trux that thxrx arx forty-onx kxys that function wxll xnough, but just onx kxy not working makxs thx diffxrxncx.
Somxtimxs it sxxms to mx that our organization is somxthing likx my typxwritxr — not all thx kxy pxoplx arx working propxrly.
As onx of thxm, you may say to yoursxlf, “Wxll, I am only onx pxrson, I don’t makx or brxak thx organization.”
But it doxs makx a big diffxrxncx, bxcasx an organization, to bx xffxctivx, nxxds thx activx participation of xvxry pxrson.
So, thx nxxt timx your xfforts arx not nxxdxd vxry much, rxmxmbxr my typxwritxr and say to yoursxlf, “I am a kxy pxrson in thx organization and I am nxxdxd vxry much.”
This is what happxns to thx wholx organization, and multiply this by many timxs — thx whole thing just doxs not makx sxnsx!
“Belovxd don’t bx like a broken kxy.”
You must utilize your gift.
The local body of Christ where you worship needs you or I mean the organization where you belongs needs you and cannot be the same without you!
Do you really believe that?
God’s grace distributes differing gifts to different people (1Co 12:11, Ep 4:7-note). Each believer’s gift is a God-designed blend of spiritual capabilities, which acts as a channel through which the Spirit of God ministers to others. God sovereignly bestows these spiritual gifts on believers according to His own divine will, apart from any merit, qualification, or seeking. This truth should blunt any tendency toward pride in the gift(s) we possess. Unfortunately since saints still possess the old flesh nature, pride concerning one’s spiritual gifts has a way of raising its “ugly head”. This sinful attitude can be “self inflicted” but can also be energized by others who insist on exalting men for how God has gifted them.