Wednesday, June 20, 2007

God's Gifts

Worship Wednesday is late because I was out of pocket all day. Sista Cala got it to me on time. It's all my fault.

Today I have been thinking about some of the most influential people in my Christian walk. Aside from my mother and grandmother I could name several pastors and teachers. The ones I am talking about are folks that invested in me more than a few minutes on Sundays. People that took the time to get to know me; good traits and faults alike. They were gifts that that continue to serve me even though many of them have gone on to glory.

Scriptures I memorized as a child still come to mind as I mentor and teach today. Biblical principles I learned under their tutelage still guide me on a daily basis. The memory of their approving faces still brings encouragement. As their disciplines still remind me of boundaries that need to be kept. Truly they were gifts to me.

11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:11-16 KJV

Remember this post as you enter your place of worship. Take a moment to say thank you for the gifts God has given you. After the service, say thank you to those gifts.


Diane said...

I love that you used the King James Version...which is the version that every verse I ever memorized.....was. It was a little tricky helping our own children learn their memory verses in a different version...still, the truth of the matter...remained the same.

Great post!


Sista Cala said...

Thank you sis for the disclaimer about this tardy post. You didn't have to be so blunt, I am a forgiving sort. :>)

Thanks Diane, you are such a faithful reader/comment-er. I too did all my scripture memorization using the KJV. It is still my favorite for daily reading- the scriptures just don't sound right any other way. When teaching, I have a KJV/NIV parallel that serves me very well.

piglet~ said...

God bless =)