By Greg Laurie
“Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other.”—Romans 12:4–5
If you want to get the most out of church, then stop thinking like a consumer and start thinking like a communer. A consumer goes to church with an attitude that says, “It’s all about me. Do what I want you to do.”
A communer, on the other hand, goes to church with the realization that it’s all about us, and more importantly, it’s all about Him. A communer asks, “How can I be a blessing to someone else today?”
If you become self-absorbed, then you’ll find that you’re a very unhappy Christian.
God has given every Christian a spiritual gift or gifts. And those gifts need to be used. We read in 1 Corinthians 12:7 that “a spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other” (NLT). And Romans 12:4–5 says, “Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other” (NLT).
These aren’t talents but spiritual gifts that come to us as believers. They’re not given because we deserve them, because none of us deserve any of these gifts. Rather, God graciously bestows them upon us.
How do we discover our spiritual gifts? Go out and serve the Lord. Volunteer wherever you can, wherever there is a need. You’ll know in time whether that is the gift God has called you to use. You’ll discover through prayer and the process of elimination what your gifts are (and what they are not).
Serving with fellow believers is not only important to those you serve, but it’s also important to you. This is how to get the most out of church. When you bless others, you will be blessed yourself.
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