REJOICE IN THE OTHER’S GIFTS

I remember a teacher who was asked to do a class at a longer seminar. The main speaker would talk then people could break up and go to smaller classes. The seminar made the mistake of asking the main guy to do an elective class and so no one showed up to the teacher’s class. He was complaining to the Lord who replied, “What do you want me to do? Make the other guy less interesting, less useful so people would come to your class?”

He made some apostles, some evangelists and preachers and teachers and some heads and some feet and a few of us are hangnails but all are of the body and all are needed.

Are there people in your church who are super eloquent, beautiful, sing like angels, are great with children, can act in public with no discomfort, are gifted with their hands?

You can tell if you have a problem with comparison by: do you praise and enjoy their gifts and then don’t want to be around them because you feel “less” by your own comparison. 2 Corinthians 10:12 measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise. Most of the time we think of the problem of feeling superior by comparison; but most of the people I know do the comparison that leaves them feeling less beautiful or wise or gifted. Have you ever thought that they might be isolated and lonely precisely because God needed to give them special abilities but now no one wants to hang around with them. Isaiah 45;9 10 shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou?or thy work, He hat no hangs? Who unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman what hast thou brought forth? I was raised with all manner of pottery in the house and often the cheapest ugliest pot was used most often and served the greatest needs.

So let those of us who see ourselves as “the least” learn to do our part knowing that we are much more necessary and remember to like and hang out with the prettier pots so they won’t be lonely.

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