Today’s Scripture: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, Romans 12:5-6a

Do you ever feel insignificant? You may notice some people all around you being used by God in different ways. You may see your pastor and his family who are always a blessing to you, or your close friend that encourages you in the Lord both by words and by hospitality. Perhaps you are aware of young men and women who bring a spark in your church and an excitement to serve God, or a gentleman that always seems to have courage to share his faith. There may even be a family member whose spiritual gift is so obvious, and he/she is using it for the glory of God.

These people may be a blessing to you, but at the same time you get discouraged because you don’t see God using you. You may feel like nothing more than a little toe in the body of Christ. We take for granted our little toe, but try living without it; you will notice that it is gone. You may be taken for granted, but if you left, your local church would not only miss you, they would be limping.

Perhaps you are more like skin. You always are taking the beatings, getting burned, scraped, and cut. You may have several reasons why you are where you are, but you only see the pain you are going through. Do you know what a key job of the skin is? It keeps the body together! In the body of Christ, that is done by being a unifier.

The Bible tells us that we are each given different gifts. These gifts are necessary for us to do our function in the church. Often, these gifts go unseen, and rarely, if ever, thanked, but that doesn’t mean they’re not necessary. Whether you’re a hair or an artery, God has a purpose for you, and you need to be faithful where He wants you.

Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.