The WEEKLY BLOG
9th September 2018
We all have gifts...
In his letter to the Christians at Corinth Paul uses the image of a body to help them imagine how they should think of themselves and others. The body is made up of different parts and each part, the hands, the ears, the lungs have a different role, some will be more useful at one time or another, but none of them can survive on their own, they need to come together and share their skills in order to thrive.
Today the church uses this image, the image of being not just a body, but the body of Christ to help encourage people to use the abilities that God has given them. On Ability Sunday the church celebrates the variety of things which each of us can do and offer.
Society often gives us labels, we are young, old, disabled, able bodied, introvert, extrovert. We celebrating our differences because the variety gives us a rich environment in which to worship God and care for each other. But we can only reap the benefits of our variety if we encourage all people to use their gifts. It is about removing labels that make us different and expanding our definition of normal so that it includes all of God’s people. It is about celebrating all of the gifts that God has given to be used in his church and in his world.