A Passage and A Prayer 1/21/19

“Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in every one.”  1 Corinthians 12:4-6
Dream big. That’s the advice you’ve heard for years. Dream big—your teachers in high school told you that when you were planning your future. Dream big—that was the advice you got when you started your first job or dared to begin your own business.  Dream big—that was what you thought as you held your new-born child for the first time.  That’s all good and I hope that you went to the school of your dreams, got the career of your dreams, and have the family of your dreams.

But our text might also invite us to dream small. Dream of your part, even if it appears small. Consider how your part fits in the whole body of God’s people. Dream of the gift that you have, the gift that you are. But the good news is that you don’t need to be the one and only way God moves the world. You are that one part of the body that God has intended you to be.

The good news of dreaming in the size that we are is that we find that we’re not alone. I might be the left little finger in the body and so I know that I can’t lift a whole lot. Don’t have me, the left little finger, carry the gallon of milk from the back of the store by myself! I’m glad to help but I’ll also be looking for help in about five seconds. So dream of what you can do as the gift you are as a part of the whole. This week, our devotions will focus on the impact our congregation can make on our community and the world. That’s a wonderful, big dream. Start this dream-filled week by focusing on the part of the dream, the part of the body that you are. We are all part of God’s variety of gifts, as our text said, and that can be the start of our prayers this week. Lord, where is my small part an important part of your much bigger dream and plan? Your small part is a crucial part and without it, the whole body that we are at FIL won’t be able to do all God has in mind. So dream on, both big and small.

Our heavenly Father, thank you for making us each gifted people within the whole body of the Church. Help us each to dream both big and small. Show us the plan you have for each of us as a small part of the body. Help us dream big of what all the gifted parts of the body might do. Complete your purpose and plan through the use of each of us. We pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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