By Greg Laurie
In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.
With all the technology we have today, we are more connected than we’ve ever been in human history. At the same time, we are more disconnected than we’ve ever been. I read recently that Millennials would rather text other people than speak with them personally. So sometimes we don’t talk to each other at all.
Someone has said, “Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, thinking together is unity, working together is success.”
God has given every Christian gifts from the Holy Spirit. These are not necessarily talents, which are the natural abilities we are born with. These are gifts that are supernaturally given to us from God—spiritual gifts.
We find these listed in Romans 12: “If God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. 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” (verses 6–8 nlt).
We believers need to put down our phones and talk together, pray together, and work together because we are all part of the body of Christ. We are all part of the church. We are all part of the family of God. We have to find our places in the body of Christ and do the jobs that God has called us to do.
Pastor James Merritt has pointed out there are two kinds of people in the church and in the world: workers and shirkers. You are either one or the other. And you decide which one you will be.
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