1 Corinthians 12
The devil is the father of lies, and some of his big ones are exposed in the truth Paul is trying to instill in the Corinthian church.
The first lie is we aren’t good enough. We don’t have anything of value. We have no unique gifts worthy to share. And as we look around, we feel all alone and useless. It seems like everyone else has these amazing gifts and talents and platforms. But we just don’t matter. This is a LIE.
But on the other end of the spectrum, the devil is working just as hard. Making us believe that we are all that. That we are so valuable and independent. We can do it all on our own. We are better alone. We don’t need anyone else. This too is a LIE.
The devil works hard to get our eyes looking to the front, back, left, and right…anywhere but up. Comparing and condemning… ourselves or others, or often both at the same time. He plants lies in our head that if people are different than us…in their look, behavior, mannerisms, giftings, priorities, passions, platforms, ministries, ways of worship…then they are wrong or they are better…both LIES.
Paul is basically saying, “JUST STOP!” We are different because we have different purposes and callings, but they all come from the same source and we are all stronger together. There are things that we can accomplish in unity that the sum of all the parts could never accomplish in isolation. In a symphony, if even one of the instruments is off key, the entire sound is off. We are all instruments to make a joyful noise at the hands of the great Conductor. We are all parts of one body. Though we are different, we all share the same DNA at our core…we are all created in the image and likeness of God, the creator of all things. No part of the body is more important than the other. No part of the body is insignificant. We all need each other. Paul is essentially saying, “Let’s start acting like it.”
The crazy thing is there is so much joy and freedom and peace in doing our thing…the thing we are good at and called to do…in beautiful community with other people doing their thing for the Kingdom of God. So why in the world do we let the devil talk us into going down the road of doubt, comparison, criticism and trying to go at it alone? Why????? Oh, he’s good at doing his thing, but we have more power in us that he has in him. We don’t have to buy into it or go along with it. God, help us discover, deepen, and pour out our unique gifts, and let us simultaneously celebrate and join hands with others who are doing the same.
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