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Your Household Body

GiftJealousy is not permitted in the Household Body. You should not be proud because you possess a gift that someone else does not. Nor should you become envious when another receives a sought-after talent. Saint Paul writes in Romans 12.6, "We have different gifts according to the grace given us." It is God himself who decides what gifts each of us should have.✞

Too Big for His Boots

Dr Michael GreenGod gives the gifts and he knows best. Michael Green writes, "While some of us might in all humility be able to see ourselves as hands and feet or yet more modestly as fingers and toes of a small local congregational body, any individual who claimed to be a foot of the church might rightly be regarded as too big for his boots!" The various parts of the human body need one another and are intended to work together. Saint Paul's writes in 1 Corinthians 12.21, "The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I don't need you!'" Imagine you are strolling along the road and a snarling dog races up behind you. Your ears hear the growling first and immediately flash a message to your brain. Your arm muscles react instantaneously and pull your hand away to safety! In this way, your body protects your fragile fingers from the dog's snarling jaws. The parts are intended to work in harmony for the body's good.✞

"Christ's Spiritual Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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