My small group and I are going through the book of 1 Corinthians in our Sunday-night discussions.  Have I mentioned I love my small group?  Have I mentioned that most of the time I feel like they’re crazy for letting me lead them in a study?

Seriously.  They let me lead.

Last night was Chapter 12.  Spiritual gifts.  It’s always a good topic to speak about because I feel like it gives us a chance to really get to know each other more and a chance to encourage each other.  I think sometimes in church we sometimes get overlooked.  Sometimes we don’t use our gifts because, for one, we’re really not sure what they are and secondly we don’t know how to use them.

I think one of the most important things we can do as a body of believers is to encourage each other to use our gifts.  Some of the most influential people in our lives are those that speak encouragement to us, but at the same time are willing to tell us when they think we need to work on something.

I know some days it’s hard to fathom, but I believe that God has great things in store for each and every one of us.  He’s gifted us individually in order to do great things for the Kingdom.  And I love it how He’s made it so we have to depend on each other to really make things work in the best possible way.  We were created to need each other and to work off of each others talents and gifts.

So today, encourage someone in your life and be encouraged that God has something incredible planned for you and that He’s put some pretty incredible people in your lives in order to help the Church be an incredible source of encouragement if we all work together.

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  • Did the group tell you what your gifts were?

    • No. I’ve taken a couple tests. Most of the time I’m pretty high on teaching. I do think, though, as a group, I’m going to try to get them to take it, as well, and then we’ll discuss them later.

  • Debbie Legg

    Awesome as always, Julie. It is SO true that we need others to help us see our gifts. We are often so much harder on ourselves and truly cannot see our strengths and weaknesses clearly. As my friend Dave says, we can’t see the diamond because we’re too close to the rough. LEAD ON! 🙂