Romans 12:3-10 (NLT)
3 Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you a warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us. 4 Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, (5) so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. (6) In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. (7) If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. (8) If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.
(9) Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. (10) Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.
Meditation Thought: We “belong to each other” (v. 5). Our community of faith depends on the gifts and investments I offer. Is my commitment to this community as intense as it should be? And do I really “delight in honoring” (v. 10) those in this community?
Prayer: You are the glue of this community, God. You are the binding agent for all the believers here. You alone, God, have given us gifts that allow this community to function and work and be a blessing. God, help me examine myself, and my commitment. If I belong to those in this community, am I “letting them down?” Or am I building them up? Give me discernment, God, to know my gifts, and give me courage to use them to bless others.