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12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.

14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.

15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body.16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14-19)

Every single person who has lived is completely unique. No two people have ever been created exactly the same, not even identical twins. We can see this clearly as we look around and see the differences we have as humans. We talk, work, and dress differently. Also, we are gifted by God differently. 

The Lord has given us different gifts, talents, and abilities, which we can use to point others to Him. Quite often, instead of spending time maximizing these gifts, we are too busy comparing ourselves to the people around us. We think, “I can’t teach like him,” or “I can’t write like her,” or fill in the blank. We are quick to discount our own gifts and abilities because they don’t look like the gifts and abilities of others.

Remember, the Lord knew what He was doing when He created us differently. If He had made us all the same, we wouldn’t be able to reach other people for Him in such a vast variety of ways. 

Let’s not forget that God made us intentionally, for a purpose. He gave you the exact gifts and talents He saw fit for you when He formed you in your mother’s womb. He has a specific plan for you to accomplish through the gifts He has given you, but you have to be intentional about using them.

I encourage you to take some time to think about the gifts God has given you. Consider the talents and abilities God has uniquely given you and determine a few ways you can use those gifts to honor Him. The Lord never asks us to be like another person, speak like another, or serve like someone else. He only asks us to follow Him; as we do, we will ultimately become more like Christ. 

6 Comments

  1. Kelly galloway on November 19, 2021 at 5:17 am

    I am intentional… I try to live this way and recognize my blessings. They are filled with gifts from God

  2. Susette Loughney on November 19, 2021 at 8:32 am

    I recognize a few gifts of myself that God gave me I bet there’s more but I just have to find them. He gave me some talent through the years.

  3. James W Howell on November 19, 2021 at 8:49 am

    I need to be thankful for the gifts GOD has given me , Instead of looking at other people’s gifts . We are each one created by God in his way.. Thank YOU FATHER ! PRAISE JESUS.

  4. Betty Laughlin on November 19, 2021 at 10:29 am

    I have learned to use the gifts God has given me, to concentrate on those so I won’t be concerned about what gifts He has given others. He has given me the ones that I can handle

  5. Kathy on November 19, 2021 at 10:36 am

    I need to use the gifts God has given me. And stop comparing myself to other.

  6. Jennifer M. Quinn on November 20, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Lady Diana has my family look, but still I compared myself to her, and I wanted to be as tall and Beautiful as her for a long time.
    But now you just reminded me in your Devotions that my LORD CHRIST JESUS Loves me, and He knitted me together in my Mother’s womb just the way He wants me!!!!!
    Thank you Pastor Curt Dodd!!! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!

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