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1 Cor. 12:4-7, 12-13 For the Common Good!

posted Apr 21, 2020, 10:30 AM by Jacob Boer

Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.

For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For in the one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and we were all made to drink of one Spirit.

I love how Paul talks about the gifts found in the church, but he makes a point of reminding us that these gifts are not to benefit ourselves, but to benefit the communities we belong to. Some believe that the common good Paul talks about here is focused on the church, but I am a firm believer that our gifts are meant for the broader communities that we belong to; in our case, for Lacombe. Our God is an outward focused God, always pouring out his blessings into the world, so as people created in God’s image, our basic way of living is to pour out who we are with our gifts into building a stronger, blessed community for all. What are your gifts, and while we have some extra time with this isolation going on, it’s a good time for us to be thinking as a church family, how can we be pouring our gifts into Lacombe for the common good? Let us know what you’re thinking in the comments section below so we can start working on it now already!

 Q. What do you understand by “the communion of saints”?

A. First, that believers one and all, as members of this community, share in Christ and in all his treasures and gifts. Second, that each member should consider it a duty to use these gifts readily and joyfully for the service and enrichment of the other members.