JUST AS I AM

Have you ever considered the magnificent design of the human body and how each of its vital organs work together? The kidneys, for example, by removing waste products and excess water from the body, aid in the regulation of our blood pressure. But did you know, that same organ also activates vitamin D which helps to maintain strong bones? And did you know, that those two little kidney bean shaped organs also produce erythropoietin, a hormone which is vital for the production of red blood cells? Extraordinary, isn’t it! One organ, doing what that organ was so delicately and uniquely designed to do, working together with other organs to maintain a wholly healthy body.

The word vital means “absolutely necessary or important; essential.” Just as each of our primary organs are vital to the overall function of the human body, each of us is vital to the function of Christ’s body of believers! No two human beings are exactly alike in every way. We may be easily recognized by family traits or genetic characteristics, but each of us is given a spiritual gift from God which makes us uniquely important to the mission of sharing the Good News to our community. No spiritual gift is too small or too insignificant. No spiritual gift is any more or any less of value to God than another. He knit you in your mother’s womb, just as you are. What is your gift? And the bigger question: are you confidently using your gift in your daily walk?

Romans 12:4-8. Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, speak out with as much faith as God has given you. If your gift is serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, teach well. If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging. If it is giving, give generously. If God has given you leadership ability, take the responsibility seriously. And if you have a gift for showing kindness to others, do it gladly.