It’s Better When We’re Together
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” Mother Teresa
You can do a lot on your own. In fact, there are a lot of things that are easier if you’re working by yourself. Brushing your teeth, organizing your things just the way you like them, or perfecting your dance moves in the bedroom mirror.
But there are some things you just can’t do alone. Have a party, or play catch, or have a secret handshake. Or live the abundant life.
Read Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 12 as interpreted in the Message (or read another version here):
“Each person is given something to do that shows who God is: Everyone gets in on it, everyone benefits. All kinds of things are handed out by the Spirit, and to all kinds of people.…all this [variety] makes you more significant, not less. A body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together….no matter how significant you are, it is only because of what you are a part of.“
When we invite the Holy Spirit into our lives, He wants to teach us and guide us. He wants to give us gifts that we can use to build up each other, and to build up the Kingdom of God. But none of us can carry out the great commission alone. It takes working together and sharing our gifts to evangelize well, and lucky for you, we’ve thought of some great ways for you to get started.
Looking for some ways to grow?
Joining a local church is by far our favourite way to connect with other Christians, so if you haven’t done that yet, start doing your research! In the mean time, join The Life online community and on Facebook for daily devotionals and regular tips and resources to equip you in your Christian walk.
Spend some time with a trusted friend or mentor and talk about spiritual gifts. Read 1 Corinthians 12 and pray together, then try to identify the gifts you each have and the gifts you’d like to grow in. Doing this with a friend can help you see yourself more clearly, and give you a chance to affirm and get to know him or her better too.
Gather a few friends and brainstorm a way you can serve together. Visiting a retirement home, serving in a soup kitchen, or volunteering to do yardwork or babysit for families in your community are all great ways to exercise a variety of spiritual gifts. Bonus, all of these ideas are even more effective (and fun) if you do them with your friends.