1 Peter 4:10 (KJV) “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”

A cell is the smallest structural and functional unit of an organism, a cell is typically microscopic. A group of specialized cells forms a tissue, which is a group of cells that have a similar structure and that function together as a unit, a group of tissues that have been adapted to perform a specific function forms an organ and a group of organs that work together to carry out a particular task forms a system. The human body is a complex of eleven different and interdependent systems whose activities make for the smooth running of the body. When a cell, tissue, organ, or system begins to function independent of the others (this is how cancers develop), the insufficiency of the other parts becomes pronounced, causing the whole body to suffer. When such continues uncontrolled, it will eventually lead to the death of the whole body.

Similarly, the church is the body of Christ, Christ himself being the head and every child of God is a small part of the body (1 Corinthians 12:27). These small parts must work together in agreement and interdependently to ensure the smooth running of the body. God seeks to achieve this by assigning different responsibilities to different parts and giving then them varying gifts, abilities, and capacities, and also ensuring that no single part can do all or is self-sustaining.

Which part of Christ’s body are you and which part are you connected to? Which part of the body is enjoying and thriving because of you?

Are you using your gifts and abilities to soothe and establish yourself, while the parts that depend on you suffer? If this is how you’re currently living, you’re not a faithful steward of the gifts and grace of God.

Go into today remembering that God gifted you those gifts, abilities, and capacities so you can serve others with them. Remember also that, you will give an account of how you use what he’s given you.

Prayer: examine yourself and see if you’re being a faithful steward or not. Ask God for grace to be faithful.

— Dr. Emmanuel James

Bible In 1 Year: Acts 7-8
Credits: Audio Bible(Bible Experience, Zondervan), Music(Maranatha! Praise Band, As the deer )
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