“We have different gifts, according to the grace given us” (Romans 12:6).
The big football game, the “Super Bowl” and all the hype that comes with it, is now history. Throughout the season I had hoped the Kansas City Chiefs would have made it to the Super Bowl since I grew up in the the KC area. I was in high school the last time the KC Chiefs won the Super Bowl.
Many of our readers, especially in the USA, could name the teams. Most who follow football couldname the quarterbacks. And many could name several other players last night like Edelman or Gurley. Some could even name the kickers, Gostkowski and Zuerlein.
But there were many key players whose names were not mentioned during the game at all such as Joe Cardona and Jake McQuaide, who played in a position that many give little thought to, unless they’re highlighted because they messed up!
As the article “Why NFL Teams Still Can’t Live Without A Long Snapper” observes, “The biggest thing about long snapping is that most people can’t do it.” (link below)
It’s that way in the Body of Christ. The Bible says, “We have different gifts”. Some have gifts that are prominent like famous preachers, musicians, authors, etc. They’re like the quarterbacks of God’s Kingdom. We tend to value these gifts and often hold these people in high esteem since they’re most prominent in God’s Kingdom work. And I am indeed thankful for prominent members of the Body whom God has blessed mightily with certain gifts.
But most of us have gifts that are far less prominent. Only a tiny, tiny percentage of the Church even knows who we are! We’re like football’s long snappers, whom most people don’t pay a lot of attention to. But every one of us has gifts we are called to use to advance God’s Kingdom.Matthew Henry further elaborates on this (long before there was football!):
All believers are part of the greatest team in the ultimate contest and every contribution is important and makes a difference. We’ll see how it all fits together far more clearly when we reach the other side. Appreciate what God is doing in you as He develops, grows and uses the gift(s) He has bestowed upon you.
This week we are going to glean long snapper character traits from a man named Epaphras who is mentioned in the letter to the Colossians. Before looking him up I wonder if you know anything about him?
Be encouraged today,
Stephen & Brooksyne Weber
Daily prayer: Father, we recognize and thank You that little is much when You are in it. Your grace is measured out to us in the gifts You develop in our lives. Sometimes we bemoan the gift (or seeming lack of gifts) we have in comparison with others who are more prominent or admired by others. Help us not to rate the gifts You bestow, for we want to receive from You that which You have for us, for You are the Giver of all good things. Anything we accomplish in this life is a result of Your empowering and enabling us to carry it out, and we do all for Your glory in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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