The small group had just completed a spiritual gift inventory and was sharing the results
with each other. Several people were surprised at what the inventory revealed as their
spiritual gift. Others affirmed the person saying that they recognized that particular gift in
the other person.
Holly said that she always felt uncomfortable visiting people. She never knew what to
say. The inventory revealed that one of her gifts was administration. Denny affirmed her,
telling her what an asset she was to the church by serving on several committees.
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.