To Be the Body

 

Together, we are the body of Christ. Not one of us, on our own, possesses all that is needed to effectively do all that the Lord longs to do through His people. However, when we are united in purpose, collectively, the combination of gifts and grace that have been granted by God, are all that we need to effectively accomplish that which He calls us to do. (see I Corinthians 12:12-24)

 

We are not meant to devalue either our own gifts, nor those of another; nor are we meant to exalt that which has been given to us by God. Instead, He calls us to utilize that which He has given, for His glory – united in purpose. Also, we are meant to be aware of those around us. If one is suffering, we ought to sit beside them, and if another is honored, we are to rejoice with them. (see I Corinthians 12:25-26)

 

“Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” – (I Corinthians 12:27)

 

May we seek to serve,To Be the Body

with all of our hearts;

utilize the gifts,

that the Lord imparts.

Together as one,

the body of Christ;

each filling our role,

willing sacrifice.

See every gift,

as one from the Lord;

no room for envy,

nor pride to afford.

If someone suffers,

come close and be near;

if one is honored,

stand with them to cheer.

We are His body,

we each play a part;

all of us needed,

hands, feet, mouth and heart.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love us so much that You made each of us unique, with different gifts and talents to use for Your glory. Thank You that despite our differences, we can come together and be united in purpose for You. Thank You that unity does not mean duplicate drones, but rather a beautiful varied collection that can come together to seek and serve You. Forgive us for thinking that we do not have enough to offer, or for thinking that someone around us has something better. Help us to recognize that each gift is a blessing from You, meant to build up the body. May we celebrate the gifts You give, and come along side those who are suffering. Grant us wisdom and grace to best know how to love as You love us. May many come to know You as their Savior and King. Be honored through our every word and deed. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

The joy of the Lord is your strength. – Nehemiah 8:10

 

To God Give the Glory

Give Thanks to the Lord‘Tis pure foolishness,

to sit on a throne;

receive accolades,

sans making Him known.

For let all glory,

be given where due;

in all that we are,

and all that we do.

For anything good,

that is done by man;

is powered by Christ,

the work of His hand.

A day will soon come,

where each one shall stand;

will it be, “Well done,”

or “Leave now, this land?”

Our choices on earth,

matter much to God;

do we crave credit,

or give Christ applaud?

Thank Him for the gifts,

and walk humbly;

let Him be made known,

so through us He’s seen.

(Responding to Acts 12:21-23)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have created each of us uniquely, and placed within us, talents and gifts intended to be vehicles to allow Your light to shine through us. Thank You that You are generous and loving and kind. Forgive us for not giving credit where credit is due, and teach us how to give You glory in all that we do. Help us to use and develop what You have created in us to be a blessing to the world. May our blessing be that we bring the truth of who You are to all who are ready to hear. May many receive the remarkable gift of Your grace, and enter into an eternal covenant with You, our soon and coming King. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

Gifts Given to Glorify

image from Ruth Ocabel Martinez

image from Ruth Ocabel Martinez

The tale of the talents,

goes much farther than gold.

For within the story,

much more is being told.

We are all given gifts,

He expects us to use,

not allow to lie waste;

they’re to share the good news.

For within our gifting,

there is clear evidence,

of loving Creator,

that draws hearts to repent.

But if gift is buried,

and not allowed to show;

how will others see Him?

How will they come to know?

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Each gift with a purpose,

each talent with a plan;

to love one another,

show God to every man.

Embrace what He’s given,

and go forth for the Lord.

Let no gift lie hidden,

nor talent be ignored.

For He has created,

each of us with a plan.

Uniquely intended,

to help all understand.

As we choose to obey,

and listen to the Son;

one day we will hear Him,

say, “My children, well done.”

(Responding to Matthew 25:14-23)

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You have created each of us with gifts and talents that You have intentionally designed within us, to touch lives and transform communities.  Forgive us for questioning, comparing or complaining about the way in which we have been uniquely designed, and help us to embrace with gratitude, the gifts that You have granted each of us to use for Your glory.  Teach us to grow and develop what we have been given, so that we might use our gifts to be a blessing to many.  May many come to know You as we step out in faith to be who You have called and created us to be.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present