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1 Samuel 30:24 (CJB) “…the share of someone who stays with the equipment will be the same as the share of someone who goes out and fights—they will share equally.”
Shortly before becoming king of Judah, David was faced with a challenge. Some of his soldiers had battled the enemy and taken plunder as a result of their victory. But a handful of the soldiers didn’t want to share the wealth with other soldiers who weren’t part of the battle. David intervened and said that every soldier would receive an equal share, no matter what role they filled. To us, this may seem unfair. Shouldn’t those who did the dirty work get more? But the principle being taught here is vitally important in the Christian faith.
As an example, every follower of Jesus has spiritual gifts. Some may look at the gifts and talents of others and envy them, believing the lie that their life would be better if they had somebody else’s gifts. But in the new family of Jesus, every member of the family has something worthy to contribute. Those who serve by cleaning the bathrooms aren’t worse off from those teaching or leading from the stage. Don’t live by wishing you had somebody else’s gifts. Embrace your role.
READING & PRAYERS:
ACTS 6:1-7 (also read the commentary notes in your Study Bible of choice.)
QUESTION: Acts 6:1-7 focuses on the importance of roles and gifting. What are some specific ways in which the Word of God was better taught and practiced in this story?
REAL LIFE PRACTICE: If you don’t know your spiritual gifts, ask a few people close to you what gifts they see within you. Begin praying about how God may work through you in these giftings for the benefit of His church.
Take a Step: Remember to continue utilizing the One Minute Pause app throughout the week. If possible, begin to explore and practice the 3, 5 or 10 minute pause to more deeply root yourself in Christ.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I know deep down that You have a specific purpose and plan for my life, but I sometimes struggle with knowing exactly what that purpose is. Continue to reveal within me the calling You have for my life and reveal to me the gifts of grace You have instilled within me to fulfill this purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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