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Gloriously Unfair

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"But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills." 1 Corinthians 12:11

Anytime you hang around a group of children for longer than five minutes, you are likely to hear the phrase, "That's not fair!" "Fair" is a word that is sometimes thrown around flippantly but we would do well to really use that word scarcely. The reality of our faith is that if we got what we deserved (what was fair), we would all spend eternity separated from God in hell. Praise God that He not only didn't give us what we deserved (mercy), but gave us everything we didn't deserve (grace)! Most would agree that God's grace is gloriously unfair in salvation but what about how God continues to work through our lives? The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:16 that God, the Holy Spirit, lives in us. Again, that's GRACE! So we must be careful, as Paul warns the Corinthians here in our passage, to not turn our accusations towards God in how He is choosing to use us and how He is using others around us. Our responsibility is to simply trust that God is a good, good Father, continue to abide in Christ, and follow the Spirit's leading!

Have you been guilty of thinking ill towards your brother or sister in Christ because of where God has them in comparison to yourself? Take a moment to thank God for His gloriously unfair grace!

Our Role in His Work

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"And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ" - Ephesians 4:11-12

Many people outside the church (and inside for that matter) think that although the congregation of the church may gather on Sunday for service, they leave to live "normal" lives while the pastors do all of the "ministry" Monday through Saturday. Sadly, this philosophy has blinded many people. The New Testament knows nothing of passive church attenders who leave all the ministry work to the "professional Christians" (those who are paid). When Paul wrote this letter to the Ephesians, he saw a massive need in society that could not and would not be changed or remedied by a few people who were doing all of the ministry in Ephesus. To paraphrase verse 12, Paul said, "Train others! Equip them to get in on what God is doing to build His church!" Do you know that God has given you the responsibility to equip others to use their gifts to serve the body of Christ? You might be thinking, "I can't do that." It is as easy as bringing others with you as you serve, allowing them to serve with you.

How are you regularly serving the body of Christ? Who can you invite to join you in those opportunities?

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