Romans 12:4-8: Belonging

Romans 12:4-8 offers a helpful analogy for Christians working together in unity with diverse gifts.

Romans 12 is a chapter full of wonderful truths. For example, 
verses 4-8 talk about our unity of purpose, diversity of function, and membership in God's family.

When talking about the way Christians function together, Paul frequently uses the analogy of the body (1 Corinthians 12; Ephesians 4). In fact, "the body of Christ" is a common name for the Church.

Our physical body functions as one unit, but the parts are very different. The body of Christ also functions as one unit, but each person has specific skills and purposes. 

We should be developing and using our skills while appreciating the skills and purposes of others. 

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us..."  Romans 12:4-8

So let's give ourselves a two-part assignment this week: Let's consider one way we can develop or use one of our God-given gifts. And let's consider how we can encourage/appreciate another believer regarding one of their God-given gifts. 

💙 Beyond 1-minute for those who want more 💙 

Romans 12:4-8 offers a helpful analogy for Christians working together in unity with diverse gifts.
Notice these elements in the complete passage below: unity of purpose, diversity of function, belonging, and a few specific examples of gifts.

"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."  Romans 12:4-8

These additional 1-minute devotions can help you in this assignment:

4 Ways to Identify Your God-Given Gifts: Sometimes we miss the obvious.

3 Ways to Maximize Your God-Given Gifts: General ways we develop our skills.

Waste or Invest: 4 practical ways to develop our skills.

Second Class Gifts: Don't let anyone tell you that certain gifts are more important than others. 

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2 comments:

  1. HI Gail, this is especially true in these tough times where everything is trying to keep us separated from one another and from church. Great post,
    God bless
    Tracy
    www.daily-inhisgrace.blogspot.com

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    1. I agree, Tracy. We really need each other in the body of Christ. Thanks for your encouragement.

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