“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all humanity (1 Corinthians 12:4-6)”
“The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ (1 Corinthians 12:12)”
With the isolation, social distancing, and limited activity carrying on, a person may be questioning whether what they are doing at this time is significant. While people are taking on some unique and different roles within their homes and communities, even that now may becoming a bit “monotonous”. On the flips side, a person may continue to wonder if they are doing enough as they watch others take on what appears to be bolder tasks.
We all have a desire to make a difference in our families and communities. The desire may become intensified or expected when there is a major event, such as a pandemic or other crisis. The challenge, though, is to take on these roles and tasks with a greater understanding surrounding them.
The apostle Paul writes to the Corinthians declaring “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all humanity”. For the Corinthians, and for us as well, Paul reminds us that there are many gifts, kinds of service, and different types of working. However, they are all necessary and significant. Thus, the gifts one person offers is sufficient because another person can provide other gifts.
He then goes on to say “The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ”. This affirms that as the body of Christ, all of our gifts are needed so that it can function at full capacity. To leave out any of our gifts takes away from the richness of the unit, but we also can take relief in knowing that our small contributions do in fact matter.
As we celebrate the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit comes upon the first Christians gathered, may we celebrate the ongoing presence of this Spirit in our lives. May we rejoice in knowing that as disciples of Christ, the power of the Holy Spirit is with us, enabling us to use our unique gifts to bring glory to God’s kingdom.
Specifically, during this time of uncertainty, may we know that the smallest acts of kindness, grace, and love mean a great deal as together we seek to care for those within our families and communities. We are in this together and God will use all of us for his glory.
Pastor Arlyn ><>