Episode ThemeCommunity-Building: Working together
Now all of you together are Christ's body, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.
Have you ever been asked to "play your part?" What exactly does that mean? It usually means that you are part of something bigger than just yourself. It means that your group needs you to use your gifts to benefit the entire group. How does that apply to Christians?
You as a Christian are part of an important group. What group? The Christian church, which is the family of God. How do you play your part? When you use the gifts that God has given you to meet the needs of God's (and your) family.
How do you know what gifts you may have? Paul knew that we would struggle knowing how we could help others so he made several lists of gifts that God gives to bless both individual Christians and his entire family. Here are some of the gifts Paul says (in Romans 12) we may have to help others:
Prophesying: prophets are able to tell people what God wants them to know or to do.
Serving: this could be helping a whole group of people or one individual person.
Teaching: explaining God's plan for salvation and how he wants us to live our lives.
Encouraging: being able to see where people are and bringing them up or keeping them going.
Contributing: seeing a need or a problem and being part of the solution.
Leadership: both large and small groups need leaders who are focused on God.
Mercy: quiet acts of kindness.
None of these gifts are only for adults. If you are not sure what gift God has given to you, ask Him. Ask others what gifts they see that you have. Try out some of the gifts to help someone else. Using a gift that God gave you to help someone else-that's the very best way to play your part!