BY THE REV. DAVID MERRITT |
Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 1 Corinthians 12:4-7
Less than a mile from our church [Hope Moravian Church] there is a large pumpkin patch which has become a favorite among families each fall. Segregated into groups of twenty to fifty, pumpkins come in all sizes, colors, and weights. There is a festive air to the setting with an authentic stagecoach, buckboard, funnel cakes for sale, and even a corn-shuck teepee. No matter the day or the hour, families line up to select pumpkins to display as jack-o-lanterns on their front lawn.
All this reminds me of the way in which we are gifted by God to accomplish our tasks each day. On my birthday, the text for the day was instructional to the early church and to us as well. We all have varieties of gifts as servants of the One who bestows gifts and abilities to his saints. We might think that we have been born with these unique attributes, but in reality, it is The Spirit that has given us these wonderful gifts. As believers, we use these same abilities to give honor to God and accomplish God’s work in our world.
In times of stress and anxiety, it is easy to “lay aside” these gifted tasks of our faith and calling. It is too difficult to cope with all that life has thrown our way. But this is the right time to let the light of Christ shine through our lives and offer the world around us hope, courage, and blessings. Like our forebears, we can be a witness to the hope of the ages, Jesus the Christ, the Calm in the Storm.
So, friend travelers, let your life be an example of the God who calls, equips, redeems, and restores the brokenness of this world and gives hope to all. We may be the one light that helps another person see a way forward. Keep shining…God is still with us.
About the Author
The Rev. David Merritt is a retired Pastor, former Dean, Outreach Director, and Chaplain, but he’s “papa” according to his grandkids. David loves God, Laurel Ridge, and his family. He has enough sense to get out of the rain but prefers raindrops anyway.