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Constantly Changing Kaleidoscope

Roles develop as the Household Body matures. In God's plan, tasks change as we acquire new skills and God-given gifts. As a friend of mine once said, "I don't expect to be a big toe in the Body of Christ all my life."

New Gifts Within

Saint Stephen the first martyrThe Early Church leaders appointed those with spiritual gifts to be responsible for the work. In Acts 6.5-6 we read, "They chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit, also Philip, Procorus, Nicanor, Timon, Parmenas, and Nicolas from Antioch, a convert to Judaism. They presented these men to the apostles, who prayed and laid their hands on them." Stephen here is described as one of seven deacons waiting on tables, but later we find him preaching and healing in the open air as an evangelist. We see this new calling or ministry in Acts 6.6, "Now Stephen, a man full of God's grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people." His work altered profoundly as God blossomed forth new gifts within him. His role developed in the constantly changing kaleidoscope of the Body of Christ.✞

Developing Gifted Persons

Waves on the sea shoreThe pool of gifted persons in the Household Body ebbs and flows as Christians leave and others take their place. Newly acquired skills and training mature us little by little spiritually, and so the body develops. A sudden death precipitates an imbalance as if a hand had been amputated. After grieving, the group forms again to the new reality without that person and eventually a replacement continues the body's complete ministry.✞

Reliance?

Do you rely on other members of the Mystical Body?

"Mystical Body Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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