Overcome: Consumerism – I Have Something to Contribute

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Are you introverted or extroverted? It’s a simple question, and one that’s often asked in everything from job interviews to countless personality profiles. 

Unfortunately, some misunderstand what it means to be introverted or extroverted. In general, it does not mean that somebody prefers to either be alone, or to be with people. Instead, an introvert is able to recharge by spending some time alone. Similarly, an extrovert is able to recharge by spending time with others.

In our society, there are countless introverts who perform in theater, music, or public speaking. They don’t dislike being in groups of people, it just isn’t what fuels them. So they spend time alone to prepare, but then they’ll take the stage and are able to regularly interact with people.

As a Christian, it’s important to remember that whether you are an introvert or an extrovert, you have something amazing to contribute to others in your church. You don’t need to label yourself as a consumer, an extrovert, an introvert, or anything else. Instead, you can simply identify yourself as a contributor. 

READING & JOURNALING:

     EPHESIANS 4:11-16

What are three things you believe you are able to contribute to others within your local church? 

In what ways will you offer to contribute these gifts this week? 

PRAYER:

Heavenly Father, I confess that sometimes I just don’t like being around other people. There are times when I feel alone, believing the lie that I have nothing to offer the group. Today, I’m grateful for the reminder that I do have something to contribute. As this week continues, I pray that this reminder will help me to change the way I think about my relationships with my family, friends, colleagues, and others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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