1 Corinthians 12:4-20 (NIV)

4 There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit.  5 There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. 6 There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men.  7 Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.  8 To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, 10 to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues.  11 All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as he determines

12 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.  13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit into one body–whether Jews or Greeks, slave or free–and we were all given the one Spirit to drink.  14 Now the body is not made up of one part but of many.  15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason cease to be part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has arranged the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be.  19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.   

Romans 12:5-6 (NIV)

5 But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. 6 God “will give to each person according to what he has done.”   

DEVOTION -Peter N. Lundell (California)

At a recent Christmas concert, I noticed again the way the elements of a musical instrument, the singers of each choral part, soloists, and conductor all had a place and a purpose.  Some elements were more prominent than others, but all were essential.  And together sounded phenomenal.

Someone could have said, “The sheet music contains every note of every piece.  So why play it?  Why sing it?  We know what it sounds like and how it will progress and end.”  But knowing how it will sound or how it will end is not the point.  The point is to experience it.  We came to be caught up in the wonder of beautiful music passionately rendered.

Each of us has a place in God’s grand symphony-his will being done on earth as it is in heaven.  We each have a part to play in God’s kingdom.  Some parts are more prominent than others, but all are essential.  Just knowing about God or how to live our lives is not the point.  Shouldn’t we rather be caught up in the wonder of lives passionately lived?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: What part has God given me to play in this symphony of life?

PRAYER: Dear God, thank you for the blessing of our Christian family and the opportunity to serve you together.  Amen.

PRAYER FOCUS: CHURCH CHOIR

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