Have you ever seen a photo or painting the captures your mind and about every spare you are thinking about the implications of the picture of painting?
The other day I did not see a pic or painting, but two human beings that laser etched an image into my mind.
As I was walking into the bank where I deposit my meager living, I noticed a man in a wheel chair being pushed by a woman. Nothing all that unusual about this, except the woman was blind! The image reminded me of the gifts of the Spirit given to believers by the Lord, at His will and choice, to enable effective service of the creator. Many brag about having all the numerous gifts of the Spirit and I suppose this is grand. Yet the scripture is replete with assuring verses that the Lord’s people need Jesus and each other. One has a special gift and another a different gift and left to themselves not much will be accomplished.
A blind woman could not get into the store without the crippled man’s sight nor he without her legs. Here we have a beautiful display of God’s goodness!
Tom Wilson explained it this way:
“Many of us are more capable than some of us, but none of us is as capable as all of us.”
We often make a fatal, or near fatal mistake when we, shout to the housetop, “I have all the gifts, I don’t need you!” In a true spiritual gathering, Tom’s statement plays out wonderfully, the whole, the team, will accomplish more via each member exercising his or her gifts, than would Superman or Wonder Woman wowing everyone with their glorious gifts.
It might be neat to see Peyton Manning playing right offensive tackle and quarterback on the same play and make it work time and time again. Unlikely? Certainly, though I feel sure that in the later years at Indy he must have felt as though he was attempting this.
Paul dealt with the Superman Syndrome with these words of Wisdom.
2Timothy 2:2 “And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
Moderns call this multiplying yourself. Paul thought this is a good idea.
Copyright © 2017 Larry Lilly
Great IT Work. Oral Deckard