[CF Devotionals] 2017-09-06 - Working Together

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When I was in school I was on the basketball team. I recall having such confidence for try-outs and it was the kind of certainty that was coupled with the desire for working together on the team. I just love the game of basketball, everything about it, yet had specific skills I was designed for, so it was my job to work with those to add to the team's unity of strength. I find it very similar to the love of music, a symphony of sorts, when worked out properly on the basketball court. After making the team, I was excited to get in shape, getting to know my teammates, and executing game plans with my team. When I had a basketball in my hand, I felt alive and full of such hope. It wasn’t that the game had any power, but the gift I was given, to achieve success while playing it, brought unspeakable joy to my heart.

The same such prospect of achievement should be found by being part of the body of Christ. Each with their own part to play on the court of his will being carried out, and it should bring each member unspeakable joy. While discernment is one of the specific gifts of the spirit given to some, we should all want to fully understand God’s statutes, so we can serve the body best and ultimately be united in serving our Father. We need not be envious of the gifts of others, or we weaken the strength of the team. Are you finding joy in strengthening the team? If so, keep up the good work and continue learning how to work with each other. If not then perhaps you or someone you know in the body with the gift of discernment, can lead you to working together again. There’s nothing quite like fulfilled joy that gives life to the body.

“Deal with your servant according to your love
and teach me your decrees. I am your servant; give me discernment
that I may understand your statutes. It is time for you to act, Lord;
your law is being broken.” (Psalm 119:124-126 NIV)

“There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them.” (1 Corinthians 12:4 NIV)

“To another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; To another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits; to another divers kinds of tongues; to another the interpretation of tongues:But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.” (1 Corinthians 12:9-11)

Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many. Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body.” (1 Corinthians 12:14-20 NIV)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

“A heart at peace gives life to the body,
but envy rots the bones. Proverbs 14:30 KJV)

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All verses are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.