We Need Different Members on the Team — 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 & Matthew 10:1-10

We Need Different Members on the Team -- 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 & Matthew 10:1-10

We Need Different Members on the Team — 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 &  Matthew 10:1-10

What do the Bible and a heist movie have in common?  They both recognize the need to have a variety of gifts in order to accomplish a mission.  In the heist film you usually have the mastermind.  This is the person who organizes the burglary. He is the one who has the idea of what is to be stolen and how it can be done.  But the mastermind realizes that it cannot be done on his own.  So he recruits a team to assist him, and sometimes this process will be part of the movie. There is the person who knows electronics or computers and can hack into security.  There is the acrobatic member who can squeeze into tight places, and of course there is the get-away driver.  Each member is crucial for the heist to be accomplished.  Each member has to use their gift if the plan is to succeed.

The Bible talks about individual gifts as well.  In his letter to the church at Corinth, Paul tells the people, “Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone.”   Paul is pointing out that the members of the church may be different, but God is the one who has given them all their gifts and various talents.  These gifts and talents are then to be put to use for a much higher mission than a heist.  They are to help spread the life-giving message of God’s love.

Even Jesus knew he couldn’t go it alone as he masterminded his ministry. In the text this Sunday we see him gathering his crew as he chooses the twelve disciples.  These students came from different backgrounds, had different personalities and different gifts, yet Jesus brings them together for the common purpose of bringing a message of healing and forgiveness to those who need it.

God calls us to this same higher mission today, but we cannot do it alone. We need each other with all of our differences—with all of our varied gifts and talents.  So what is a gift you can contribute?  What talent might you bring to help further the message of God’s love for the world?  How can we recruit others to join the team?

-Pastor Erik Goehner



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