Week of July 4, 2021
Scripture: Mark 6:1-13
He left that place and came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, "Where did this man get all this? What is this wisdom that has been given to him? What deeds of power are being done by his hands! Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary and brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon, and are not his sisters here with us?" And they took offense at him.
(Mark 6:1-3, NRSV)
We are told in the New Testament that the members of the Body of Christ are all given gifts. We need to start believing that. Speaking for me personally, it took me years to believe I had a gift.
I kept thinking all the things: I'm not good enough; everything good has already been written. It's egotistical to share my writing. I'm just a homeschooling mom with no theological degree – who do I think I am?
News flash: I am a child of God who was promised a gift and given one. And so are you.
You may think you are ordinary you, and actually you are – I am, too – but you are ALSO a beloved child of the Creator of the universe, and you have been given gifts that are intended to be used to build up the Body of Christ, and you need to go use them.
Please let me save you some time. Yes, that thing you wonder about, that talent over which you mumble, "surely not" ... yes, that is a God-given gift and God wants you to use it.
In line with justice, in a spirit of kindness, and while walking with God – use that gift! The world needs you.
God, please give me the discernment to recognize the gifts you have given me and the courage to use them. Amen.
Lyricist and Poet
Christ United Methodist Church