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    Thursday, 22 June 2017

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional June 23, 2017- PLAYING IN CONCERT

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    PLAYING IN CONCERT


      June 23, 2017
    OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Read: Romans 12:3–8 | Bible in a Year: Esther 9–10; Acts 7:1–21
       
    So in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. Romans 12:5–6

    OUR Daily Bread Devotional


    During our granddaughter’s school band concert, I was impressed by how well this group of 11- and 12-year-olds played together. If each of them had wanted to be a solo performer, they could not have achieved individually what the band did collectively. The woodwinds, brass, and percussion sections all played their parts and the result was beautiful music!

    To the followers of Jesus in Rome, Paul wrote, “In Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us” (Rom. 12:5–6). Among the gifts Paul mentioned are prophecy, service, teaching, encouragement, giving, leadership, and mercy (vv. 7–8). Each gift is to be exercised freely for the good of all (1 Cor. 12:7).OUR Daily Bread Devotional


    Honor one another above yourselves. Romans 12:10
    One definition of in concert is “agreement in design or plan; combined action; harmony or accord.” That’s the Lord’s plan for us as His children through faith in Jesus Christ. “Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves” (v. 10). The goal is cooperation, not competition.

    In a sense, we are “on stage” before a watching and listening world every day. There are no soloists in God’s concert band, but every instrument is essential. The music is best when we each play our part in unity with others. OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    Lord, You are the Conductor of our lives. We want to play Your song of love and grace in concert with Your children today.

    There are no soloists in God’s orchestra.

    INSIGHT:
    There are five listings of spiritual gifts in the New Testament: Romans 12:6–8; 1 Corinthians 12:7–11; 12:28–30; Ephesians 4:9–11; and 1 Peter 4:11. In each of these lists the emphasis is not on how many different types of gifts there are, but on how we are to use them in a loving way that promotes unity in the church, builds up the spiritual maturity of the believers, and brings glory to the Lord. To achieve this, Paul tells us not to think too highly or too lowly of ourselves (Rom. 12:3). We are to use our spiritual giftedness in humility (v. 3) and embrace diversity in the body of Christ with sincere love (v. 9) and mutual respect (v. 10). OUR Daily Bread Devotional

    How has God gifted you? How can you use your spiritual gifts to promote unity and harmony in the church?

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