The Kingdom and You (and Me)

The congregation is the body of Christ on earth. The kingdom was ushered in with Christ, and it continues through the work of His church. He is the head, and we are the members. As I discussed in a previous post, as part of the congregation, we get to participate in the means of grace — hearing the Word preached, baptism and Holy Communion. Who wouldn’t want to be part of that?

We also have responsibilities. Every one of us in the body has been given a spiritual gift.

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues.” 1 Corinthians 12:27

When we use our gifts, we are helping to build up God’s kingdom.

“To each is given a manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:8

When we fail to use our gifts, are failing to love God and one another. We may be believers, but we are not growing, and in fact, we are dying. As James tells us,

“So also, faith by itself, if it does not have works is dead.” James 2:17

A living congregation is full of believers who are using their gifts to serve others. Each one respects the work of the others, and all work together to edify others, to bring the Good News to the world. Are you doing your part? A good question to ponder.

For more posts about spiritual gifts see:

Spiritual Gifts from the Holy Spirit

What are the Spiritual Gifts?

Let Your Spiritual Gifts S–T–R–E–T–C–H You


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