Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from God, so that we may understand the gifts bestowed on us by God. (1 Corinthians 2.12 NRSV)

Jamie Buckingham tells about a man whose gift is taking out the garbage. Now most of us wouldn't consider taking out the garbage as a gift, but this man does. He stops by a neighbor's house three times a week just to empty his garbage. The neighbor is homebound and cannot get around very well. This man says he receives great joy in fulfilling his gift in life; taking out his neighbor's garbage.

What gift have you got to offer Christ? There is something each of us can do to advance Christ's Kingdom. We all have gifts and each of those gifts is important. We are all necessary, no one is better or worse than another. No one gift is more important than any other gift. We are indispensable and we are different.

Father, help me to value other's special gifts in their service to help others. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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