Suffering and Honor

1 Corinthians 12:26

If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.

If a church member loses a loved one the church usually does well to rally around that person.  We grieve together because we are a church family and another’s loss is our loss.

We don’t do nearly as well when it comes to the loss of a spiritual gift however.  Many times people have threatened to “take their ball and go home.”  This comes in the form of withholding offering or by leaving the church.  Neither of these honors God.

There are circumstances when it is appropriate to leave a church – when you don’t have an opportunity to use your gifts as an example – but it should never be used as a threat to get your way.

It is sad to see people who are just sitting in the pews every week and never doing anything.  You’ll hear a million different excuses from time, age, resources etc. but it still comes down to the fact that these people are not using the gifts God has given them.  And the whole church suffers because of it.

On the flip side, it should bring us great joy when we see others using their gifts.  We should take time to recognize those who serve as well.  It not only encourages those who are serving but may spur others to action as well.

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