Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. 1 Corinthians 12:4-6.
It is not always the men apparently in possession of the greatest capabilities who have the most success in some lines of the work. The Lord uses so-called less capable men. They may not be eloquent, but if they are connected with God, He will richly bless them. Their rugged, solid words, coming directly from the heart, are of great value, and are appreciated by the Lord.
Let not those connected with the Master’s service look to men of larger abilities to do their work for them. God stands behind the one who does his best. Let every worker rely on His power, and He will impress the hearts of those for whom he labors. Great good may be accomplished by the sincere, humble worker who realizes that success does not depend on appearances, but on the One who has given him his commission. . . .
God desires a different mold placed on His work. Let men go forth to labor, trusting in the Lord, and He will go with them, convicting and converting souls. One worker may be a ready speaker, another a ready writer, another may have the gift of sincere, earnest, fervent prayer, another the gift of singing. Another may have special power to explain the word of God with clearness. And each gift is to become a power for God because He works with the laborer. To one God gives the word of wisdom, to another knowledge, to another faith. But all are to work under the same Head. The diversity of gifts leads to a diversity of operations, “but it is the same God which worketh all in all” (1 Corinthians 12:6).
Let no man despise the supposed lesser gifts. Let all go to work. Let no one fold his hands in unbelief because he thinks he can do no mighty work. Cease looking at self. Look at your Leader. In sincerity, meekness, and love, do what you can. . . .
God will certainly bless wholehearted workers. If the Lord chooses your feet to do His work, give your feet to Him. With the feet you may hunt for souls.–Letter 1, Jan. 18, 1902, to Elder and Mrs. S. N. Haskell, who were engaged in city evangelism. This Day with God p. 27
—–Please pray for Bryce who is in the hospital fighting a severe infection. Please also pray for Ronnie Jay as he prepares to move across the country. Pray also that Brian and Esther God will make His way clear to them in what He wants them to do. Rose
When I was a very little girl, I was so lonely because I was the only child in the neighborhood at that time. One day someone gave me a beagle puppy. I was delighted! How I loved and cuddled that little dog. He took away the loneliness that I felt.
One spring day, not long after getting him, I was pretending he was my little baby and decided to give him a bath. So I gave him a bath—right in the icy water that was coming out of the drainpipe from the snow that was melting from off the roof. The air felt warm after the cold Michigan winter, but it was not warm. After the bath, I continued playing with my puppy which caused it to become thoroughly chilled. Within a day or two, my little puppy got distemper and died. They told me it was because of the bath I had given him. How terrible I felt! I cried and cried, but all the tears in the world could not bring my puppy back. I had not realized that my actions would result in such loss.
Just as I did not realize that by giving my puppy a cold bath there would be grave consequences, so in our dealings with others, we do not realize what the consequences will be. How careful we must be that we do not turn someone down the wrong path. By our words, by our actions, by our attitudes we can causespiritual death for someone dear to us. Through a critical attitude, through evil surmising, we can kill them just as thoroughly as I caused the death of my puppy. Paul warns, “if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another.” Gal 5:15
Our Dear Saviour commands, “Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye, and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.” Matt 7:1-5 This does not mean that we should never try to help our brother to have a closer walk with the Lord, but how much grace from Above we need to point them in the right direction. Again He says, “Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” Luke 6:37,38
Paul says to us as he said to the believers in Philippi, “If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. . . . Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world, Holding forth the word of life.” Phil 2:1-16
May we be very careful in our dealings with those around us, realizing the consequences that our words, attitudes, and actions will have upon their future. May we “walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savor.” Eph 5:2 May all that we do, all that we say, all that we think be pleasing in the sight of the One Who loves us so.