1 Corinthians 12:12,20 NASB
For even as the body is one and yet has many members, and all the members of the body, though they are many, are one body, so also is Christ…But now there are many members, but one body.
I am a people watcher. One of my favorite places is the airport especially as I have a layover or arrive early. I’ll usually chose a location where there is much traffic. People are so different. God loves variety. Short and tall. Skinny and not so skinny. Young and old. Big families and singles. People with tattoos. People with duffle bags or guitars strapped to their back. Military heroes. Little old ladies. College students, athletes and so many others. It is cool to watch people.
This week has had many points where people watching came in to place. That is not because of an airplane trip or an extended visit to a mall. It is because about 60 people from all over Virginia converged on our community for a single purpose of serving people they don’t know and sharing their faith. They are from every corner of the Commonwealth and everywhere in between. They are also from all kinds of churches.
They came to us with kids in tow. Some are grandparents with their grandkids. Others are parents with their kids. Some where even care givers or brought some friends kids. They are awesome people. They had all kinds of skills. Some of them make friends real easy while others are very shy. It was so sweet to watch, listen and learn from these great people. Each one had something to give, and that is just want they did while they have been in Martinsville and Henry County.
What a great reminder of the church God has given us. We don’t have the same skills or the same personalities. God loves variety, and it really is sweet variety.
Each of us has a place in God’s family with gifts, talents and hearts that have been given to us by God, and God tells us to do what He made us to do. That means don’t keep what you have and who you are to yourself. You and I were made to serve, we were made to love people, and we were fashioned by God to be part His church. All of that variety means that God gets the glory and the church grows because we are doing what God made us to do.
Sweet variety has to be something we embrace and praise God for. You are blessed by God, and you are a gift to the people God has put you around. You have skills. Use them to serve. Use them to love. Point people to Jesus and watch what God does as He uses us together.
1 Peter 4:10 NLT
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.
We pleaded with you, encouraged you, and urged you to live your lives in a way that God would consider worthy. For he called you to share in his Kingdom and glory.