The church is the body of Christ, and just as every part of our bodies has a function, so does each Christian. We all have different gifts and abilities to use in building up God’s kingdom.
Romans 12 12 Devotion
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
1 I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” This principle is repeated in verse 17 with the words, “Do not be conformed to this world.” The word conformed means “to adjust yourself to another’s pattern or model or likeness.” If a person becomes conformed to something like a job or a lifestyle that doesn’t glorify God, he will have trouble thinking clearly and making wise decisions.
The problem is that most people are conformed either by their environment or by their own actions (or both). For example, if you go into an immoral business and hang around there long enough, eventually you’ll begin thinking like those people who work there—even if it takes years for them to see a difference in your attitude and behavior!
I know this firsthand because I worked at several bars during my college years—and I had no desire whatsoever when starting out on those jobs! But after working there for awhile without growing closer to God each day (let alone getting closer), my heart had changed enough that I could easily justify some very questionable behavior (like lying on tax returns) simply because everyone else was doing it too!
For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.
There is a lot to unpack in this verse. In the middle of the passage, Paul tells us that “God has distributed to each of you.” So when you think about yourself, it’s good to remember that God has given you a particular gift. You have the ability to do something that other people cannot do.
Think about the talents and abilities you have been given by God. Do those talents align with your values? If so, great! If not, it may be time for some soul-searching about what God wants for your life or how He wants you to use your gifts in service of others (or both).
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
As Christians, we are part of one body. We each have different jobs to do, but we’re all equal in value and important to each other. God loves us all and has given us the opportunity to serve him in our own way:
We are members of a family, a team, and—most importantly—a church that is under construction for Christ’s return.
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your[a] faith; 7 if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; 8 if it is to encourage,[b] then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead,[c] do it diligently; if it is to show mercy,[d] do it cheerfully.
There are many reasons why God gives us different gifts. The first is that we need each other. God made us to be interdependent on one another, and this is the model he has given us in his word to follow.
Another reason may be that God wants each person to use their gifts for him and not just themselves or their own interests. We all have different abilities, but if no one uses them for God, then it doesn’t matter how talented they are! Your gift could be prophesying, serving, teaching or encouraging people by giving them encouragement — whatever your gift is there is someone out there who needs what you have!
God has given each person a unique set of strengths and weaknesses so that we can help each other become better followers of Christ together rather than trying to do everything ourselves
Everyone has a valuable role in building up the church
The church is not just a building, it’s a body. The church is not just one individual or even several individuals; the church is many members working together to build each other up. To put it in another way, the church is like a living organism with many different parts that all have specific functions within its body. This means that every person has an important role to play in God’s plan for his people—whether they’ve realized it yet or not!
We are all called to serve, and we are all given different gifts. We should use them to build up the church body and serve God as best we can.