Order in Gifts

1 Corinthians 14:26 & 33

What then shall we say, brothers? When you come together, everyone has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. All of these must be done for the strengthening of the church.

For God is not a God of disorder but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints…

Paul has already written about how each gift makes up a part of the body and each gift is needed in the church.  But here we discover that there needs to be order in how we practice our gifts as well.

There is a time to use your gift and a time to sit back and let someone else use theirs.  Back in elementary school we were taught that we couldn’t all be talking at the same time.  So too we can’t all be serving or teaching or counseling at the same time.

If you are a worship person, you need to be mindful that there needs to be time – and budget as the case may be – for missions, discipleship, etc.  In short, we need to share and take turns even when it comes to using our gifts.

One gift is not greater than another and so we must all learn to wait our turn and let others use their gifts at the appropriate time.  It sounds grade school-ish but it was a lesson that the Corinthian church needed to be taught.  Perhaps we can all use a reminder that it’s not always about us even in regard to the gifts God has given us.  He’s given other people gifts too and they need an opportunity to use them.

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