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Verses 4-7: “There are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are differences of ministries, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of activities, but it is the same God who works all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:”

Four different people, united on a doomed mission to the stars.
Brought crashing to Earth by the bombardment of mysterious cosmic rays.
Four different people; one cosmic storm. But look at how it changed them:

Reed Richards became the super-stretchable Mr. Fantastic!
Sue Storm (later Richards) became the disappearing, force-field creating, Invisible Woman!
Johnny Storm became the fiery flying Human Torch!
and Benjamin J. Grimm became the superhumanly strong, rock-skinned Thing!

Four people…one cosmic storm…but one team!

This was the origin of the Fantastic Four from Marvel Comics. But recounting their first story brings forth an interestingly strange parallel to today’s passage.

Paul is telling the Corinthians that although there are diverse gifts and ministries, it is through the same Holy Spirit that those gifts and ministries are to be used to profit the body. Just like all the parts of the body function to serve the whole body, we are to use the gifts God gave us for His glory! Not everyone can preach like Billy Graham; not everyone can sing like Sandi Patti. But every gift is useful, especially when used to glorify God. We shouldn’t fall victim to jealousy or envy, wanting someone else’s talents. We need to seek out what God has given us, and use it in His service!

Many Christians…one Holy Spirit…but one team!

Something to think about.

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Verses 11-12: “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,”

I marvel at the miracles I get to see when I’m participating in Carpenters for Christ mission trips. You see, not everyone is a carpenter by trade; our main leaders on the jobsite are experienced contractors/builders. Some of us have specialized skills that God uses. For examples, most of our men can’t wire a building…that’s up to the electrician on our mission who has the skills, experience, and know-how to show others how to wire the building for electricity. Not all of us know how to hook up plumbing…that’s up to those men on our team who have that knowledge, experience, and skill. Some of us (like me) couldn’t drive a nail with a 10-pound hammer! 🙂 However, God uses my abilities with video equipment and computers to record the mission, assemble the story on a DVD, and use it to tell others about the mission purpose (whether it’s to those who benefitted from the mission or prospective churches in the future who have the right to ask, “do you know what you are doing?”)

God equips us as to His purpose. Not everyone is a Billy Graham. Not everyone is a Tony Evans. Not everyone is an Amy Grant or a Sandi Patti or a George Beverly Shea. Then again, not everyone is a Scott Smith or a Richie Ashburn or a Dexter James. Not everyone is a Gene Harden or a Rebecca Patrick or a Carlvin Shirah or a Wason Carroll or a Jeff Brogdon. And not everyone is my wife or is me. Do not envy others as to what they can do; it’s okay to compliment them on what they do (especially if they do it for the Lord), but praise God that they use their gifts for God. Thank God for the gifts He has given you, and make sure you use those gifts for “the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ”.

Happy Easter!

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verse 1: “A good name is to be more desired than great riches, Favor is better than silver and gold.”

Names….there are some names that call up instant facial associations or memories. Some are good and some are bad. For instance:

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Paul Revere, Ben Franklin, Betsy Ross. You probably thought about the colonial people who are historical figures in the birth of the United States as a nation.

Benjamin Banneker, George Washington Carver, Granville T. Woods, Horace King, Sarah Goode – Leaders/pioneers in the fields of astronomy, agricultural research, railroads, bridge-building, and furniture. By the way, what did they have in common? They also were African-Americans.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Billy Graham, Charles Spurgeon, John Wesley, Paul – men of faith, Christian preachers of the gospel.

Now consider these names:

Adolph Hitler, Osama Bin Laden, Caligula – their very names conjure up images of the evil that these men fostered.

Now remember this: when we give our lives to Jesus, when we accept Him as Lord and Savior in our lives…no matter who we were before, our name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Something to think about.

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