Word for Today

It’s a Family Affair

“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him, you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:19-22 (NIV)

In every family, everyone has a role. Some of us are the “go to” person. You know, the one everyone calls when things are falling apart. The one everyone expects to have all the answers and take care of everything even when it’s not their responsibility.

Then you have the “baby” of the family. Not that they are a baby or the youngest in the family, they just act like a helpless, hapless baby. They expect to be taken care of by everyone else.

And of course, you have an irresponsible one. We all have them in our families, they are the ones that no one can count on for anything, and usually, they are the lazy one that does nothing but expects a share of, or a free ride too, everything that goes on in the family.

In our natural families, we have a role and so it is in our spiritual family. Every one of us has been given a gift and in scriptures throughout the Bible, including I Peter 4:10 – 11, we are told we are to use them for the good of others.

Can you imagine how different the world would look if each of us used our God-given gifts for the betterment of our communities and the world-at-large. If everyone did what came naturally for them there wouldn’t be a gap in services to the marginalized. There wouldn’t be hungry children going unfed. Unlawful and lawless gangs wouldn’t be considered families.

If each of us came together with a heart to serve God by serving man and shared our gifts with each other and the world, our human family would look very different. It would look like a family, not perfect just loved enough to overlook the imperfections.

Prayer: Lord, please show me where I can use my gifts to help other people who may not look like, act like, sound like or be like me but need my gifts to help fill empty spaces in their lives. I want to serve you by serving them. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

Just for Today: I will look for ways to use my gifts to serve others.

Quote: “The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?” But the good Samaritan reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?” Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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