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Reflections on Romans 12:6b-8 (Fri)

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12:6b If the gift is prophecy, that individual must use it in proportion to his faith. 12:7 If it is service, he must serve; if it is teaching, he must teach; 12:8 if it is exhortation, he must exhort; if it is contributing, he must do so with sincerity; if it is leadership, he must do so with diligence; if it is showing mercy, he must do so with cheerfulness.

Paul gives us a sampling of the variety of functions in the body, and as Bob mentioned, this is not a complete list — in fact a full list can’t be found in scripture anywhere. We should look at how God has wired us and allow ourselves to be put at God’s service and the service of others accordingly!

Not only does he encourage us to find our niche, but he also encourages us to show excellence in what we do. Notice how verse 8 addresses both the attitude as well as the dilligence with which we serve! The body doesn’t achieve its potential if the parts are not fully functional!

1 Comment

  1. Martha Troxel

    June 19, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    Could you explain the phrase in proportion to his faith in these verses and the measure of faith in earlier verses? I don’t understand what Paul is trying to say .
    I think it is helpful to be reminded that the lists of gifts in Scripture are not complete. I am reminded that in the Old Testament various artistic gifts were given by God to help with the construction and decoration of the tabernacle. These gifts are not mentioned in the lists in the New Testament,but several such gifted people make our church building more beautiful!

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