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Constantly Changing Kaleidoscope

New Gifts Within

Saint Stephen the first martyrRoles 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."The 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 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.

Do you rely on other members of the Mystical Body?✞

Christ's Spiritual Gifts

GiftDeveloping Christ's spiritual gifts is like becoming a useful hand in your household Body of Christ. Jealousy 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.

"Mystical Body Gifts"
by Ron Meacock © 2019

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